Farm­ers call for lan­terns ban

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

With har­vest fast ap­proach­ing, the National Farm­ers Union (NFU) is urg­ing peo­ple to think twice about re­leas­ing Chi­nese lan­terns.

Fol­low­ing the huge fire sparked by a lantern at a re­cy­cling de­pot in the West Mid­lands last week, the NFU is high­light­ing how dam­ag­ing they can be to prop­erty and live­stock.

NFU south east en­vi­ron­ment and land use ad­viser John Archer said: “Chi­nese lan­terns re­ally can cause fires on an in­dus­trial scale and we’d like to see them banned.

“Lan­terns pose a big fire risk to crops that are ripen­ing in the sun and we’ve had nu­mer­ous re­ports of them land­ing in fields and farm­yards.

“Please don’t re­lease them – valu­able food could lit­er­ally go up in smoke or you could cause a wild fire.”

“Al­though they look at­trac­tive, Chi­nese lan­terns can kill or maim farm an­i­mals. Cows have died from in­gest­ing the fine wire from lan­terns.

“Lan­terns fall into grass crops and the wire gets chopped up when crops are har­vested to make an­i­mal feed. An­i­mals also get en­tan­gled in them.” The NFU is log­ging prob­lems caused by Chi­nese lan­terns, to lobby for a ban.

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