SPCA wants a fireworks ban
Pet straying increases
IN LIGHT of death, injury and distress of animals again this Guy Fawkes, the Royal New Zealand SPCA is calling for the Government to institute a complete ban on fireworks for personal use in line with Australian public policy.
The reduction of selling days has failed to save the animals that are affected each year and SPCAS throughout New Zealand have seen an increase in pets straying.
Flight due to fear of fireworks invariably results in harm to animals and distress to owners.
‘‘We are asking for the celebration to be restricted to public fireworks displays,’’ SPCA national chief executive Robyn Kippenberger said.
‘‘We also ask for mandatory consultation to occur for the sensible placement of public displays to ensure that horses and stock are not affected, and for advance notice to residents adjacent to them.’’
While animal owners are advised to take special precautions to protect their pets in the Guy Fawkes season, responsible owners cannot be expected to keep animals confined indefinitely. This year the SPCA was made aware of distressed and lost animals due to fireworks.
The death of a dog in the Manawatu that jumped through a closed window has been attributed to fear of fireworks.
‘‘Surely injury and death of animals cannot be an acceptable result for a celebration that is not part of our history or culture. Fireworks cause millions of dollars of damage to people, property and pets every year – damage that is totally avoidable,’’ Ms Kippenberger said.
‘‘A Facebook survey showed 60 per cent of people would like to see personal sales banned and other media have reported between 67 per cent and 53 per cent supporting public displays only.
‘‘The SPCA believes there is majority support for a total fireworks ban for personal use and we are calling on the Government to take a tough stand,’’ she said.
NOT SO NICE: Guy Fawkes has been blamed for the deaths of many animals.