Many join call to fiz­zle out fire­works

A pe­ti­tion to ban the pri­vate use of fire­works has al­ready gath­ered 30,000 sig­na­tures but what do South Waikato res­i­dents think? Caitlin Wal­lace re­ports.

South Waikato News - - OPINION / KI O¯ KU NEI WHAKAARO -

A pe­ti­tion to ban the sale of fire works has the back­ing of many South Waikato res­i­dents who fear fire­works may harm an­i­mals.

The Gov­ern­ment said it will take a closer look at a pro­posed ban on fire­work sales sparked by a na­tion­wide pe­ti­tion.

The New Zealand Vet­eri­nary As­so­ci­a­tion be­lieves the pri­vate use of fire­works in New Zealand is a sig­nif­i­cant an­i­mal wel­fare con­cern and staff at the South Waikato Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices in Toko­roa agreed.

Vet­eri­nar­ian Re­becca Fone said it would be bet­ter left to pub­lic dis­plays.

‘‘I think the prob­lem is it lasts a long time, we are get­ting them all through the day and the week after.’’

Although this year’s cel­e­bra­tions have not been ‘‘too bad’’ she said it still ef­fected some an­i­mals. ‘‘ It’s mostly dogs, they are much more wor­ried and they might yell or cower.’’

Ac­cord­ing to Fone the anx­i­ety for some dogs may de­ter them from eat­ing or they could wreck the fur­ni­ture. Keep it for the kids. Ev­ery­one waits for that day. If it’s con­trolled it is OK. The only thing I don’t like is scar­ing the an­i­mals.

The pe­ti­tion has reached more than 30,000 sig­na­tures and has the support of the New Zealand Fire ser­vice, NZ po­lice and the SPCA.

Toko­roa fire chief Dave Mor­ris sup­ported the ban and he be­lieved pub­lic dis­plays would be bet­ter. The pe­ti­tion has the back­ing of the New Zealand po­lice and Fire Ser­vice.

Wally Haynes:

Yes. It’s dan­ger­ous and it’s scar­ing peo­ple

and it’s mean­ing­less. It used to scare the

hell out of my step­daugh­ter’s

an­i­mals. Lawrence Taia No.

Marg Gray Yes. It’s a good idea. The pets were go­ing berserk. I have horses and they go berserk. They should have pub­lic dis­plays and just warn the neigh­bours.

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