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Fireworks: Pets

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 72511, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what research he has undertaken on the effect of the public sale and use of fireworks on (a) pets and (b) pet owners.

Answered on

19 November 2021

The Government takes the issues associated with the sale and use of fireworks seriously. That is why there is a comprehensive regulatory framework in place for fireworks, that aims to reduce the risks and disturbances to animals.

It is also an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to cause an animal any unnecessary suffering and this includes through the misuse of fireworks. The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act came into force on 29 June 2021 and has increased the maximum penalty for cruelty to animals to five years’ imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

We continue to work with a variety of stakeholders, including animal welfare groups, to promote the safe and considerate use of fireworks to the general public, to ensure that those using them do so safely and considerately.