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RSPCA urges people not to use chinese lanterns

Sky lanterns (also known as Chinese lanterns) can harm wildlife, livestock and other animals by causing injuries that lead to suffering and a slow painful death.

RSPCA pushes for ban on ‘killer’ sky lanterns

The RSPCA are urging people to not use chinese lanterns as they are responsible for the deaths of many forms of wildlife.

The lanterns, which are regularly used on New Year's Eve, can harm wildlife, livestock and other animals by causing injuries that lead to suffering and a slow painful death.

A dead adult barn owl entangled in chinese lantern Credit: Simon Pain, Billow Farm

Sadly, many people are unaware of the potentially deadly consequences the release of sky lanterns can have for wildlife and other animals.

Their sale has already been banned in countries such as Austria, Germany, and Malta and we would like to see local authorities up and down the country ban their use so this needless suffering can end.

Sky lanterns - along with fireworks and balloons - may seem like innocent ways to celebrate the New Year, but if used carelessly they can terrify, injure and kill all animals - wildlife, livestock and pets."

– David Bowles, director of communications for the RSPCA

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