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Harlow Council respond to request for silent fireworks night

News / Sat 28th Oct 2017 at 02:23pm

HARLOW Council has responded to a request by a anti-aninla cruelty organisation for a silent fireworks night in Harlow.

Councillor Emma Toal, Portfolio Holder for Youth & Community, said: “We thank PETA for taking the time to write to us with their suggestions and concerns. It will not be possible to change the display as arrangements for this year’s event have already been finalised. However, the safety of the public attending our events and any animals located nearby has been and remains our number one priority. Harlow’s event is well established running for 30 plus years and it is one of the most popular free entry fireworks display in the local area. Our public display means that many local families can celebrate this occasion together in safety. It also encourages families not to organise their own events at home or hold unauthorised displays on public land which would pose a risk to themselves or animals.

“Every year we receive positive feedback from local families who attend the event and we pride ourselves on ensuring we listen to this feedback so we can continue to make improvements to future events.

“The event has always taken place in the Town Park near to Pets’ Corner. With the event running for many years we have established procedures in place to ensure the animals’ wellbeing. All animals are kept indoors during the evening and are monitored throughout and after the event. They are accompanied by the staff who care for the animals on a daily basis. Constant contact is maintained between Pets Corner and the event organisers and in more than 30 plus years there has never been a problem.

“Cinders the horse who was tragically injured last year was based at the Redwings Horse Sanctuary at Ada Cole, which is in Epping on the border of Harlow and nowhere near Harlow Town Park. We encourage any local organisations who are organising events over the firework weekend to ensure that they are advertised in the local area so any pet owners can make preparations to ensure their pets health and wellbeing.”

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2 Comments for Harlow Council respond to request for silent fireworks night:

MickyB77
2017-10-30 15:33:42

If the well being of the animals around the the park was a concern for the council, they would have moved the venue years ago. More rubbish from this under qualified Toal.

MickyB77
2017-10-30 15:37:28

If the well being of the animals around the the park was a concern for the council, they would have moved the venue years ago. More rubbish from this under qualified Toal. Procedures on hand, that's vets and staff capable of administering tranquilisers is it ? Nobody is quoting about Cinders the mare who had to be euthanized, the fire-works were being set off in the garden of a house close by.

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