“We hope that the publication of this report will mean that ministers will no longer hide behind the illusion that the Animal Welfare Act offers any protection or recourse for those whose pets are caused to suffer because of fireworks."

Helen Whitelegg, Campaigns and Policy Manager

“The Animal Welfare Act is a very good piece of legislation, but it wasn’t written to punish people for doing something the law currently endorses, such as holding a fireworks display in their back garden. Displays can not only terrify animals but are often distressing for people too. The focus needs to be on the better regulation of fireworks, which are after all explosive devices.”

Senior Veterinary Surgeon Nic de Brauwere

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