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.
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.
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.