FG BUY&SELL        FARMERS WEATHER        LAMMAXCHANGE        CROPTEC       LAMMASHOW        BRITISH FARMING AWARDS      AGRIMONEY        ABOUT BRIEFING MEDIA
NFYFC AGM
Arable
Livestock
Dairy
Machinery
Business
Editor's Pick
Advice
Campaigns
Columnists
Competitions
Farm life
Prices
Reviews
What's on
Young farmers
0 Filters Selected
Clear Filters
NFYFC AGM
Arable
Livestock
Dairy
Machinery
Business
Editor's Pick
Advice
Campaigns
Columnists
Competitions
Farm life
Prices
Reviews
What's on
Young farmers

You are viewing 1 of your 5 free articles

Register or Subscribe Now

You’ll need to join us by registering or subscribing to gain complete access.
Already a Member? Login

Sky lanterns will not be banned - Defra

News

15 May 2013

BY Olivia Midgley

Share
Twitter Facebook
Defra chiefs have refused calls for a ban on deadly sky lanterns because the risk of death and injury they pose to livestock is ‘low’, according to a report.

The independent report carried out for Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government by ADAS assessed the possible impact of sky lanterns and helium balloons on livestock and the environment, including their fire risk.

 

The report, which cost just under £25,000 to produce, was based on information collated from various industry stakeholders including the Women’s Food and Farming Union (WFU), the NFU and the CLA.

 

Former president of the WFU and the union’s lead on sky lanterns, Helen Bower, said: “This report dismisses farmers’ distress as ‘insignificant’. When a farmer loses livestock that loss is not insignificant.

 

“We will continue our push for a ban on sky lanterns and urge the Government to grasp the nettle.”

 

A Defra spokesman said: “Whilst farmers have lost livestock due to ingested wire from sky lanterns, the evidence from this independent report shows that any widespread risk of injury and death to cattle and impact on the environment is low. Based on these findings, we have no plans to ban the use of sky lanterns.”

 

It comes after dozens of reports from distraught farmers showed animals had died or had been seriously injured after ingesting the lantern parts.

 

Defra said although it would not ban the products, it would work alongside sky lantern manufacturers to introduce clearer danger warnings on packaging.

 

In addition Defra chiefs said they would work with retailers and manufacturers to publish ‘much clearer guidance to raise public awareness of how to use them responsibly’.

 

The UK Government has been under pressure to issue a ban, after the products were withdrawn from the Spanish market.

 

The Spanish authorities said the uncontrolled flying lanterns, a signal of good luck and hope, posed a risk of burns and fire.

 

South Lakes MP Tim Farron added he would be taking up the matter with Ministers.

 

He added: “Sky lanterns can cause fire damage to crops and property and pose a serious threat to animal welfare. I had hoped that this review would lead to a dramatic change so that these seemingly innocent things are not allowed to cause such suffering and damage. I cannot understand how Spain can consider them to be dangerous and a real fire risk, but that we don’t.”

 

More Articles

Data Hub

Data Hub

Vip Plus

Share
TwitterFacebook
Don’t know where to start sifting through agricultural market data? Turn agricultural data into potential profit with FG Insight’s Datahub.

Author Focus

Olivia Midgley
I started working at Farmers Guardian's London office in March 2011 after a four-year stint on local newspapers. Before that I gained a journalism degree at the University of Sheffield while at the same time touting news stories to any editors who would take them.
LOAD MORELoad More

Site Feedback

Full Name:
Email Address:
Contact Telephone:
Your Comments:

Subscribe

Become a Farmers Guardian VIP Member

•  FG delivered direct to your door  •  Free App access  

•  VIP access throughout FG Insight  •  Exclusive VIP email newsletter

Follow Us

FG Insight and FGInsight.com are trademarks of Briefing Media Ltd.
Farmers Guardian and FarmersGuardian.com are trademarks of Farmers Guardian Ltd, a subsidiary of Briefing Media Ltd.
All material published on FGInsight.com and FarmersGuardian.com is copyrighted © 2015 by Briefing Media Limited. All rights reserved.
Google+