Regulation of fireworks

Whilst the Kennel Club does not wish to see all fireworks removed from public display, there is a need to ensure that sensible measures diminish the harmful effects that fireworks have on dogs.

As part of the 'Animal Welfare Charities Fireworks Coalition' the Kennel Club was involved in ensuring that the Fireworks Regulations 2004 passed through the legislative process. The Regulations had the potential to introduce the following improvements to the welfare of animals in relation to the use of fireworks:

  • Restrictions on the periods of the year in which they can be used
  • Restrictions on times of the day during which fireworks can be used
  • Definition of a public place
  • Categories of fireworks available for purchase by the public etc
  • Restrictions on the age below which an individual is not allowed to possess a firework in a public place

Surveys undertaken since their introduction highlight that in spite of the Regulation, the pet owning public are still experiencing problems associated with the use of fireworks.

It is clear that there remain concerns that more could/should be done to protect the welfare of animals for example:

  • By ensuring that only category 1&2 fireworks are available for public sale/use
  • Existing legislation is properly and rigorously enforced
  • Ensuring there is communication and dialogue between those departments responsible for fireworks i.e. BERR, Home Office, Trading Standards and the HS&E

Last updated - November 2013

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