SPCA wants a fire­works ban

Pet stray­ing in­creases

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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