Sad to see Chinese lanterns cause harm

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - READERS' LETTERS -

I WAS rather sad to read that Chinese lanterns have been caus­ing prob­lems for farm­ers and their cat­tle.

I re­mem­ber be­ing en­chanted by them at Hog­manay, when I was in Edinburgh with friends. Hun­dreds of them were set off over the cas­tle and twin­kled across the cap­i­tal’s skies. In my opin­ion they were more im­pres­sive and far less dis­rup­tive than fire­works. Fire­works are so noisy and cause a lot of dis­tress to pets. And let’s not for­get they are ex­plo­sives and do their fair share of harm in the wrong hands. Per­haps they should be banned too.

But, I hate to ad­mit it, if lanterns have killed or in­jured live­stock, then per­haps they should be banned.

Or maybe some­one could in­vent ones with­out metal that wouldn’t pose a risk to an­i­mals.

L Jes­sop Ruthrieston

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