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Sedbergh farmer's Chinese lanterns ban plea

The Westmorland Gazette: Sedbergh farmers' Chinese lanterns ban plea Sedbergh farmers' Chinese lanterns ban plea

A FARMER has backed calls to ban Chinese lanterns after finding eight of them on land regularly grazed by his sheep.

Thomas Scarr, of Dales View Farm, Sedbergh, believes something must be done in order to remove the risk posed by the floating illuminations which are increasing in popularity and in turn becoming more of a threat to animals.

He found the lanterns, decorated with cartoon images of Santa Claus, across three separate fields on the 62-acre beef and sheep farm, where he has farmed since 1975.

As previously reported in The Westmorland Gazette, the Women’s Food and Farming Union, CLA North, NFU and RSPCA have all asked for the Government to address the problem of the mini-hot air balloons, which are made of paper and wire.

Mr Scarr is the latest in an increasing line of farmers in the region to raise concerns, having found the objects on his land.

Fellow farmers have spotted them in grass due to be mowed.

They fear they could find their way into winter feed through harvest machines and then be eaten by animals.

He said: “It is the first time we have had this many in one go, but we have had a few in the past.

“It was just very fortunate that they landed in fields where the sheep were not grazing at the time.

“They would normally be in those fields but luckily they were else-where, and thankfully we spotted them before they returned.

“I do think they should be banned because they are a real danger. It is a risk.

"If the animals started to chew on them, I would think there is a good possibility they could choke.

“It is all right these folk lighting these lanterns and letting them go, but they do not think about where they might end up.

“We have enough to do without checking every field to see if there are any lanterns which could harm our livestock.”

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6:22pm Mon 17 Jan 11

Mrs Ann Gree says...

Hear hear - the sooner these ridiculous hazards are banned from our countryside the better. Unfortunately it will probably take a tragic accident before common sense prevails, as has sadly happened in other countries.
Hear hear - the sooner these ridiculous hazards are banned from our countryside the better. Unfortunately it will probably take a tragic accident before common sense prevails, as has sadly happened in other countries. Mrs Ann Gree
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6:49pm Mon 17 Jan 11

Ambience says...

This is a serious matter which should be taken up by our MP. These lanterns should be totally banned and as has been previously said it is only a matter of time before they cause a tragedy.
This is a serious matter which should be taken up by our MP. These lanterns should be totally banned and as has been previously said it is only a matter of time before they cause a tragedy. Ambience
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7:18pm Mon 17 Jan 11

worldsgonemad says...

Sooooooo, we ban these but carry on selling fireworks that are far more dangerous because they are a POTENTIAL danger?
Sooooooo, we ban these but carry on selling fireworks that are far more dangerous because they are a POTENTIAL danger? worldsgonemad
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6:18pm Tue 18 Jan 11

wazoo says...

Have more cattle been injured by lanterns than people have been injured by cattle?
Have more cattle been injured by lanterns than people have been injured by cattle? wazoo
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1:03pm Wed 19 Jan 11

Mrs Ann Gree says...

These lanterns are not only a danger to cattle, they are also a threat to other farm animals and all wildlife - I understand that on one occasion a foal was so terrified it injured itself badly and had to be destroyed. They are also a fire hazard - it is tantamount to releasing a naked flame into the atmosphere with no control over when and where it falls to earth. Even the Chinese have seen fit to bann them in certain parts of their own country.
These lanterns are not only a danger to cattle, they are also a threat to other farm animals and all wildlife - I understand that on one occasion a foal was so terrified it injured itself badly and had to be destroyed. They are also a fire hazard - it is tantamount to releasing a naked flame into the atmosphere with no control over when and where it falls to earth. Even the Chinese have seen fit to bann them in certain parts of their own country. Mrs Ann Gree
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6:30pm Wed 19 Jan 11

wazoo says...

Do you drive a car Ann Gree? How many animals are killed on our roads, have you got rid of your car?
Do you drive a car Ann Gree? How many animals are killed on our roads, have you got rid of your car? wazoo
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1:42am Sun 23 Jan 11

madgran6 says...

Banning them would give the UFO watchers a hard time! No longer would they be able to see orange lights in the sky that they are convinced are visitors from outer space ;-)
Banning them would give the UFO watchers a hard time! No longer would they be able to see orange lights in the sky that they are convinced are visitors from outer space ;-) madgran6
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2:43pm Tue 1 Feb 11

The Lune Ranger says...

Strange logic wazoo, unless you set fire to your car and let it go wherever the wind takes it...
Strange logic wazoo, unless you set fire to your car and let it go wherever the wind takes it... The Lune Ranger
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