The CLA in the North is backing a new T-shirt, designed by an East Yorkshire farmer, to raise awareness of the dangers sky lanterns pose to people, property, livestock and the environment.
Brainchild of East Yorkshire farmer Jono Dixon, co-founder of Twitter-based farmers’ group #clubhectare, the T-shirt features a sky lantern in a red prohibited sign and a new hashtag for those wishing to show support on social media sites: #banskylanterns
The CLA recently called for local authorities to amend entertainment licence policies so new licences for certain venues or events can include a clause prohibiting the use of sky lanterns.
The organisation has also called for this to be backed up by a ban on council-owned land.
CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said: “We are launching this new T-shirt to coincide with Chinese New Year on Friday 31 January, when there is sure to be an upsurge in use of the lanterns as part of the festivities.
“People need to realize that if they release one of these lanterns into the sky they risk being responsible for the slow and very painful death of a cow or other grazing livestock, or a fire that destroys someone’s home, business or life.
“A report published last year on behalf of Defra that investigated the impact of sky lanterns on livestock and the environment estimated that between three and eight million sky lanterns are sold each year in the UK.
“With such a large amount of lanterns being purchased, and ultimately released, it is extremely likely the number of serious incidents caused by these flying bonfires is going to increase substantially.”
The T-shirts are being sold at £6.75 each with 50p per sale being donated to charity RABI. To purchase one, contact Mr Dixon via Twitter using his @sunkfarmer handle – people can follow and then direct message him for more details. Alternatively, contact the CLA North office on: 01748 907070 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org