I WONDER how many people are, like me, sick of the sound of fireworks.

In the past it was possible to keep dogs and cats safely indoors because fireworks were let off on November 5.

Now they’re in evidence all year long, at any old time. At the moment I assume the noise that’s terrifying my dogs is somehow connected with the Christmas lights switch-on in Holmfirth. Any excuse will do!

Isn’t it time to think of our domestic animals’ feelings and those of farmed animals in the fields and of wildlife.

Birds and all wild animals are probably as terrified of the racket as are most dogs and cats. Cattle, sheep and horses certainly suffer. There was an account of a bull in this area being left as if shell-shocked.

If fireworks could be enjoyed without the appalling noise that goes with them, fine, but inflicting terror on thousands of animals is cruel.

The view of a policewoman I spoke to recently was that fireworks should never be on sale to the public and only organised displays should be permitted.

Clare Druce