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Blue Cross Call To Ditch New Year's Eve Fireworks

Blue Cross Call To Ditch New Year's Eve FireworksBlue Cross is urging people not to let off any fireworks on New Year's Eve, as horse owners reveal the extent of suffering they cause in a recent survey.
As a difficult year for everyone comes to a close, it is understandable the British public may be wanting to celebrate new hope for 2021 this winter and for some, that might include letting off fireworks in their garden or private fields.
However, the animal charity is asking people to think about horses and pets this New Year’s Eve and resist the temptation to use loud fireworks, which we know terrifies many of the animals we share our lives with.
Blue Cross surveyed horse owners in early December and found that there were high levels of concern in the equine community about the impact on their horses and the difficulty in predicting when the fireworks may be let off in order to try and plan ahead. (1)

Blue Cross Fireworks Poster73% did prepare their horses for fireworks, with 51% formulating a plan with the Yard. Preparation included putting them into a stable early, playing music and distracting with food. Some owners also used prescribed medication and herbal remedies.

However, a shocking 35% reported accidents as a direct result, with several detailing the result being PTS. (2)

The charity also polled pet owners to see the affect on our four-legged friends inside the home. That survey revealed:
•    Most (70%) of people believe fireworks should be banned in the UK, apart from at organised events
•    More than two-thirds (70%) of dog and cat owners were concerned for their pet’s welfare this firework season
•    Of those who have fearful pets, 40% visibly shake, while 36% bark or cry when they hear fireworks
•    And of those, almost a third (29%) have had to seek specialist animal behaviourist advice
•    Most worryingly of all, 43% of people noticed an increase in garden fireworks this year
•    Almost a quarter of respondents (24%) said they would consider buying silent fireworks as an alternative
Blue Cross’s Education Officer, Gemma Taylor, said: “These results have laid bare the extent of suffering so many of the nation’s horses go through for days and weeks at a time every single year.
“That’s why we are pleading with people to think about their own actions this New Year’s Eve and consider ditching setting off loud fireworks, which leave many horses literally shaking in fear, for other celebrations.
“We know at Blue Cross just how upsetting this time of year can be for animals – especially now we are seeing more and more people doing their own fireworks in their back gardens and private fields. Let’s all do our bit to help make this fear a thing of the past.”

Blue Cross is also calling for the public to spread the word and display posters in their windows or local community boards, encouraging people not to use fireworks this winter.
These can be found and printed off from

Advice on how to help prepare your horse for fireworks season can be found on Blue Cross’s website

(1)    Survey Monkey of 888 respondents
(2)    Examples of accidents reported in the survey -
•    Ran out of the stable and hurt her hip badly. Lame for a month. Wound took four months to heal.
•    Cuts from thrashing around stable and kicking herself/ banging into walls whilst spinning.
•    Massively spooked causing full skin laceration to fore leg ended up at the vets for a week followed by 9 weeks out of work.
•    We had a Shetland pony spooked by fireworks (which we have all year round, this year from August and still happening) The pony ran down a bank and fell in to a ditch and broke her neck. We also had one miscarry a foal.
•    My neighbour let off fireworks right next to my field and my horses bolted to try and get away and because of the time of year fields are muddy and slippery, one horse damaged her leg and although treatment was given it was advised by vet and farrier to have her PTS , she was only 11.
•    Neighbours let off fireworks and one of mine cut his head and another banged himself which resulted in a splint.
•    Pony died of heart attack. Healthy young pony (passed vet 6 months prior)
•    I had no idea the village I’d moved to had this year put on a private display, my horse was in the field and when I went up the following morning I had a very lame horse with a very big fat leg, if I’d been notified I could of stayed with her, simple communication is all that is needed sometimes.