Lanterns ‘menace’ should be banned

York Press: Lanterns ‘menace’ should be banned Lanterns ‘menace’ should be banned

AN article in The Press of January 4 recorded the danger to farms from Chinese lanterns.

Roger Hildreth, who farms near Hessay, said he had to place rumen magnets in 150 dairy cows. The bits of metal caught by the magnet are often from Chinese lanterns.

Here at Vetsonic, we have seen a large increase in the sale of these magnets to cattle farmers, because of the rise in metal objects finding their way into cattle feedstuff.

The rumen magnets are designed to sit in the first of the cow’s four stomachs (Reticulum) and “grab” bits of metal the cow eats, stopping sharp wires from going further into the digestive system and then migrating around the body of the cow which can often cause death; this problem is often referred to as “hardware disease”.

Mr Hildreth stated the danger these lanterns present when they land while still alight. He is quite correct – they are a menace. The irresponsible release of these lanterns is putting lives at risk and causing damage to property and winter feed.

As also mentioned, Chinese lanterns can set fire to straw and barns very easily. He called for these lanterns to be banned and we agree with him.

Ray Rochester, Managing director, Vetsonic (UK) Ltd Riccal Drive, York Road Business Park, Malton.

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12:28pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Yorkie41 says...

They should be banned under health and safety. I personally think they are a menace to society.
They should be banned under health and safety. I personally think they are a menace to society. Yorkie41

2:05pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Lunatic says...

And whilst we're at it, let's also ban fireworks! I mean, they actually contain explosives!

Or, rather than the knee-jerk ban-it-rather-than-f
ix-it solution... Make them out of materials that aren't harmful to cows? There's no reason the metal parts of lanterns couldn't be made of harmless, fire-retardant fabrics or resins that would do a cow no harm.
And whilst we're at it, let's also ban fireworks! I mean, they actually contain explosives! Or, rather than the knee-jerk ban-it-rather-than-f ix-it solution... Make them out of materials that aren't harmful to cows? There's no reason the metal parts of lanterns couldn't be made of harmless, fire-retardant fabrics or resins that would do a cow no harm. Lunatic

3:26pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Sillybillies says...

Lunatic wrote:
And whilst we're at it, let's also ban fireworks! I mean, they actually contain explosives!

Or, rather than the knee-jerk ban-it-rather-than-f

ix-it solution... Make them out of materials that aren't harmful to cows? There's no reason the metal parts of lanterns couldn't be made of harmless, fire-retardant fabrics or resins that would do a cow no harm.
Which of course will prevent these incendiary devices setting barns and other buildings, hay and straw on fire.
[quote][p][bold]Lunatic[/bold] wrote: And whilst we're at it, let's also ban fireworks! I mean, they actually contain explosives! Or, rather than the knee-jerk ban-it-rather-than-f ix-it solution... Make them out of materials that aren't harmful to cows? There's no reason the metal parts of lanterns couldn't be made of harmless, fire-retardant fabrics or resins that would do a cow no harm.[/p][/quote]Which of course will prevent these incendiary devices setting barns and other buildings, hay and straw on fire. Sillybillies

4:24pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Jonthan says...

I found the remains of one of these lanterns in a field at Bishopthorpe. Until them I was opposed to them on the grounds of the danger to livestock. I had always assumed that they had metal parts, but this one had a frame of bamboo strips and paper. There was no metal anywhere on it

Also I don't see that there is much danger to barns as the lanterns will not fall until the light is out. No doubt though that fireworks are hazardous. Ask and fireman
I found the remains of one of these lanterns in a field at Bishopthorpe. Until them I was opposed to them on the grounds of the danger to livestock. I had always assumed that they had metal parts, but this one had a frame of bamboo strips and paper. There was no metal anywhere on it Also I don't see that there is much danger to barns as the lanterns will not fall until the light is out. No doubt though that fireworks are hazardous. Ask and fireman Jonthan

5:58pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Yorkie41 says...

Lunatic wrote:
And whilst we're at it, let's also ban fireworks! I mean, they actually contain explosives!

Or, rather than the knee-jerk ban-it-rather-than-f

ix-it solution... Make them out of materials that aren't harmful to cows? There's no reason the metal parts of lanterns couldn't be made of harmless, fire-retardant fabrics or resins that would do a cow no harm.
It is not just metal parts that harm the animal, and these things cause fires because they are candles.And perhaps you have a point in banning the sale of fireworks. I am in favor of that,and only sell them to organizations that would let them off professionally.
[quote][p][bold]Lunatic[/bold] wrote: And whilst we're at it, let's also ban fireworks! I mean, they actually contain explosives! Or, rather than the knee-jerk ban-it-rather-than-f ix-it solution... Make them out of materials that aren't harmful to cows? There's no reason the metal parts of lanterns couldn't be made of harmless, fire-retardant fabrics or resins that would do a cow no harm.[/p][/quote]It is not just metal parts that harm the animal, and these things cause fires because they are candles.And perhaps you have a point in banning the sale of fireworks. I am in favor of that,and only sell them to organizations that would let them off professionally. Yorkie41

5:59pm Thu 9 Jan 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Jonthan wrote:
I found the remains of one of these lanterns in a field at Bishopthorpe. Until them I was opposed to them on the grounds of the danger to livestock. I had always assumed that they had metal parts, but this one had a frame of bamboo strips and paper. There was no metal anywhere on it

Also I don't see that there is much danger to barns as the lanterns will not fall until the light is out. No doubt though that fireworks are hazardous. Ask and fireman
Why are they then blamed for the burning of haystacks and the like?

As for the rest of the parts of these lanterns whether the structure is bamboo or wire, it is irresponsible to be "dumping" these in fields where there is livestock. The person who sends these up has no idea and no control over where they will land.
[quote][p][bold]Jonthan[/bold] wrote: I found the remains of one of these lanterns in a field at Bishopthorpe. Until them I was opposed to them on the grounds of the danger to livestock. I had always assumed that they had metal parts, but this one had a frame of bamboo strips and paper. There was no metal anywhere on it Also I don't see that there is much danger to barns as the lanterns will not fall until the light is out. No doubt though that fireworks are hazardous. Ask and fireman[/p][/quote]Why are they then blamed for the burning of haystacks and the like? As for the rest of the parts of these lanterns whether the structure is bamboo or wire, it is irresponsible to be "dumping" these in fields where there is livestock. The person who sends these up has no idea and no control over where they will land. AnotherPointofView

6:01pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Yorkie41 says...

Jonthan wrote:
I found the remains of one of these lanterns in a field at Bishopthorpe. Until them I was opposed to them on the grounds of the danger to livestock. I had always assumed that they had metal parts, but this one had a frame of bamboo strips and paper. There was no metal anywhere on it

Also I don't see that there is much danger to barns as the lanterns will not fall until the light is out. No doubt though that fireworks are hazardous. Ask and fireman
The bamboo can be very dangerous to animals.
[quote][p][bold]Jonthan[/bold] wrote: I found the remains of one of these lanterns in a field at Bishopthorpe. Until them I was opposed to them on the grounds of the danger to livestock. I had always assumed that they had metal parts, but this one had a frame of bamboo strips and paper. There was no metal anywhere on it Also I don't see that there is much danger to barns as the lanterns will not fall until the light is out. No doubt though that fireworks are hazardous. Ask and fireman[/p][/quote]The bamboo can be very dangerous to animals. Yorkie41

10:27pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Seadog says...

I dare say it might be possible to develop a version which will always burn up completely before its descent as harmless ash... now there's a challenge for somebody ( and perhaps a modest fortune to be made)!
I dare say it might be possible to develop a version which will always burn up completely before its descent as harmless ash... now there's a challenge for somebody ( and perhaps a modest fortune to be made)! Seadog

10:47pm Thu 9 Jan 14

wolds way says...

In effect then, what is the difference to just throwing rubbish out in the fields if regardless of the harm the remains can do, but by setting these lanterns off, they ultimately leave a trail of debris one way or another?
In effect then, what is the difference to just throwing rubbish out in the fields if regardless of the harm the remains can do, but by setting these lanterns off, they ultimately leave a trail of debris one way or another? wolds way

9:26am Fri 10 Jan 14

old_geezer says...

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See http://www.grimsbyte legraph.co.uk/Chines e-lanterns-banned-ca r-set/story-20422459 -detail/story.html old_geezer

4:34pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Igiveinthen says...

Lunatic wrote:
And whilst we're at it, let's also ban fireworks! I mean, they actually contain explosives!

Or, rather than the knee-jerk ban-it-rather-than-f

ix-it solution... Make them out of materials that aren't harmful to cows? There's no reason the metal parts of lanterns couldn't be made of harmless, fire-retardant fabrics or resins that would do a cow no harm.
That's quite true, a fire retardant material can be used for the frame, but would probably make them more expensive.
Can't the cattle feed be passed over a magnetic gizmo before being bagged? this would take out the metal debris, but in the end it still doesn't eliminate the fire risk to farm land and stacked straw.
[quote][p][bold]Lunatic[/bold] wrote: And whilst we're at it, let's also ban fireworks! I mean, they actually contain explosives! Or, rather than the knee-jerk ban-it-rather-than-f ix-it solution... Make them out of materials that aren't harmful to cows? There's no reason the metal parts of lanterns couldn't be made of harmless, fire-retardant fabrics or resins that would do a cow no harm.[/p][/quote]That's quite true, a fire retardant material can be used for the frame, but would probably make them more expensive. Can't the cattle feed be passed over a magnetic gizmo before being bagged? this would take out the metal debris, but in the end it still doesn't eliminate the fire risk to farm land and stacked straw. Igiveinthen

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