Ten Ways To Keep Animals Safe And Happy On Bonfire Night

Remember, Remember The 5th Of November – But Don’t Forget Your Animal Friends


Every autumn, people in their thousands wrap-up warm and step out into the night to marvel at gasp-worthy firework displays. Although we’re aware that fireworks are for pleasure, and are (for the most part) not dangerous, animals have no way of knowing this. So, it’s important for us to make sure that animal anxiety is limited, and they remain safe and sound.
The weekend is sure to host many celebrations before the big night on Monday, in preparation for the celebrations, take a look at our ten ways to keep animals safe and happy on Bonfire Night:

1) Keep cats and dogs inside at night, and if possible, stay with them.
2) If you can, bring inside small animals (like rabbits), but if you’re unable to, partly cover the outside of cages and pens with blankets to create an area that is soundproofed and hidden, but allow another area for the animals to look out from.
3) Never take your dog with you to watch a display.
4) Don’t leave animals tethered to chains or leads outside, as they can seriously hurt themselves if they leap over a fence when they hear a noise.
5) Close your windows and curtains. Turn on a radio that’s tuned to a classical-music station, or switch on the TV, to help drown out the sound of the fireworks.
6) Make sure that your animal companion is wearing a collar or a harness with an up to date name tag – just in case they get frightened and escape.
7) Don’t build a bonfire in advance – construct it just before lighting to ensure wild animals have not moved in to take shelter. If the materials for your fire have been left out in advance, please carefully turn everything over, or relocate the materials before lighting (the easiest way to do this, is to slide broom handles under and turn it over onto a new spot).
8) Choose a suitable location for your bonfire – pick a spot clear of leaves and other debris, and keep the fire well away from hedgerows and large shrubs, where animals may be roosting.
9) At the end of the night, dampen down the embers of your fire with water, to ensure the area has safely cooled down, just in case curious animals explore.
10) Consider buying quiet or lower-noise fireworks, as the loud bangs can be distressing for animals.

The ultimate vegan BBQ

The ultimate vegan BBQ

The ultimate vegan BBQ

If this is your first summer as a vegan, you might be faced with a sense of dread when you consider navigating the inevitable invites to meat and dairy filled BBQs.
Vibrant veggies, sizzling skewers and flavour-packed burgers make vegan barbecues a joy to eat and celebrate, whether you’re a meat-eater or not.
It’s true, summer barbecues can be tricky to navigate if you’re following a vegan diet, but with just a bit of imagination and a few good recipes, it’s actually super simple to knock up fast, tasty, meat-free food.
BRILLIANT BURGERS
Chickpeas and sweetcorn are the heroes in this incredible vegan burger. Packed with spices, herbs and citrus, it’s a riot of flavour. Serve it in a charred burger bun with plenty of crunchy lettuce, ripe tomato and ketchup. If Mexican is more your vibe, celebrate black beans, coriander and lime in these delicious burgers, served with avocado, fresh tomato salsa and rocket.
SIZZLIN’ SKEWERS
This style of cooking is all about using the assembly process as an excuse to mix an endless combination of wicked flavours together, then using fire intelligently to add intense smokiness. Keep it classic with sweet onion wedges, chunks of pepper, mushrooms and crunchy homemade croutons like in these chargrilled veg kebabs – just remember to remove the cheese and add more delicious veg to keep them vegan. Or go Asian and try salt & pepper tofu skewers, jam-packed with punchy flavour. If using wooden skewers, remember to soak them first so they don’t catch alight…

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