Lincolnshire pet owner’s ‘firework rules’ petition gains over 960k signatures


An animal lover and Lincolnshire resident has started a petition for the government to revise fireworks rules to better protect animals from injury and distress, which has now been signed by more than 969,000 people, and is on the rise.

Julie Doorne lives in a small village in southwest Lincolnshire with her family, four dogs, three cats and the same number of horses and sheep. She has been campaigning for a change in the fireworks law for more than seven years because she believes the existing legislation is “not suited to its purpose and is unenforceable” – see the campaign’s website here.

She doesn’t want to ban fireworks altogether, but thinks it’s not fair that people “can cause such anxiety and distress in the name of pleasure.”

She wants the government to consider restricting private use of fireworks to traditional dates such as November 5 and New Year’s Eve, reduce the maximum number of decibels allowed for private use, and demand that all fires d public fireworks are allowed.

Julie’s fireworks campaign began when a mare owned by a friend aborted her foal because she was scared of the fireworks. Julie thought she would only help with a petition and it snowballed.

The Fireworks campaign is urging people to write to their MPs about this and to complain to local councils. | Screenshot: The fireworks campaign

People all over the country started texting Julie and telling her their stories. The following year, she started her own petition with the help of friends and managed to get over 100,000 signatures and a government debate was scheduled.

Since then, his campaign titled โ€œThe Firework Campaignโ€ has drafted or supported six petitions, five of which sparked debate within government – all of which can be viewed here. With the sixth being too close to the previous one, the government refused to debate it, Julie said.

Julie with her four beloved dogs, as well as her daughter’s Jack Russell called McGee.

Julie said Lincolnite she wants her recent petition to reach a million signatures before delivering it to number 10 Downing Street – check out the petition and add your signature here.

Julie said: โ€œUntil the incident involving the aborted foal, I didn’t particularly have a problem with the fireworks, but since I started campaigning I have been contacted by thousands. of people who are seriously affected. The destruction that fireworks cause to family life is horrific.

โ€œIt’s not just animals. This New Years Eve was actually pretty bad. In my village, there were three major fireworks incidents. A wedding at a nearby house where the groom was a pyrotechnician was pretty awful.

โ€œWe have been warned. Horses ran blindly in the fields. Fortunately, I did not have barbed wire when they went through the electric fence, luckily without injury.

โ€œA new neighbor very close was not aware of the problems the fireworks were causing to the dogs, but once we explained the distress he understood. Then last year, despite almost begging my next door neighbor, he still used fireworks within 25 yards of my stables.

โ€œThe horses were extremely stressed, they were virtually running around the stable, sweating and shaking. Although I tell him he was causing them extreme distress, he continued and laughed wishing me a Happy New Year. This is what we are fighting against. Some people get it, some don’t even want to try.

Julie Snippers’ horses Independence and Buddy were frightened in their own stable due to the fireworks.

Julie said she was thrilled with the latest petition. Its government petitions typically get around 100,000 signatures, but have only been online for six months.

She said she was convinced she had not reached all who would like to see a change in the law and pledged to take the petition to 10 Downing Street when it reaches one million signatures.

Julie Doorne has campaigned for a change in the fireworks law for over seven years.

She said, โ€œWe always hope that the government will eventually listen to the people. It seems unfair that “pleasure” for some can cause such distress to others.

โ€œIt’s not just animals. People with certain medical conditions are also badly affected. Imagine your grandmother has dementia and fireworks have started one night in February. She doesn’t know it’s not an air raid! She is outside her house crying and banging on the next door to help her find her blackout curtains, she is afraid the street will explode. We can never know that feeling.

โ€œImagine you are deaf. Get your hearing aid out from October to March and hope that is the end of it. Don’t worry if you can’t hear what’s going on in your family. Isolate yourself in silence, as your head almost explodes with a sound of fireworks nearby.

โ€œImagine you have fibromyalgia, autism, PTSDโ€ฆ the list goes on. People need to know when fireworks are going to be used so that they can take action to protect themselves and their animals.

โ€œWhether it’s building a den for your dog, organizing livestock to keep it safe, or finding distraction techniques for young children. We know of former military personnel who cannot sleep in the same bed as their spouse due to flashbacks. “

The owner of the animal said “this is the mark left by the fireworks that hit my pony”. | Screenshot: The fireworks campaign

She added that each year the RSPCA receives hundreds of calls about the “terrible effects of fireworks on animals – not just dogs and cats, but other pets, livestock and people. fauna โ€.

She said: โ€œThere are also frequent reports of horses harming themselves by crashing into stable doors and over fences. These poor animals don’t understand what causes loud bangs and flashes of light. “

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