The RSPCA has called on English councils to follow Wales in its complete ban on sky lanterns across all council land.
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council was the latest and last Welsh local authority to this week designate a no fly zone for its area but the animal charity said a complete ban on the ‘party novelty’ in England was long overdue.
RSPCA wildlife information officer Llewelyn Lowen said the novelties should be banned to prevent dangers to animals.
She said: “These horrible devices can have deadly consequences for pets, farm and wild animals.
“While it is encouraging to see that a few councils in England have acknowledged the dangers and introduced a ban, there is still a long way to go.
“A complete ban on sky lanterns is long overdue.”
The call comes as good news for Farmers Guardian’s Say No to Sky Lanterns campaign on its continued fight for a nationwide ban.
Since the campaign’s launch in 2013, numerous local authorities, event organisers and retailers – including Tesco – have banned the use and sale of the products.
Ms Lowen warned a number of dangers were posed by the lanterns including entanglement, ingestion and fire hazards to animal bedding and feed.
NFU Cymru rural affairs board chairman Hedd Pugh added: “The news that all local authorities across Wales have now banned the release of sky lanterns on council-owned property is welcome news and sees Wales leading the way in tackling this problem.
“We would urge everyone to think of alternative activities to mark a special occasion to avoid the dreadful consequences to the countryside and animals.”
To see which UK councils have already implemented a ban on sky lanterns and/or balloons, click here.