News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


SPCA: “Ban fireworks for personal use”

11 November 2011

SPCA: “Ban fireworks for personal use”

In light of death, injury and distress of animals again this Guy Fawkes, the Royal New Zealand SPCA is calling for Government to institute a complete ban on fireworks for personal use in line with Australian public policy.

The reduction of days of sale 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.” says Robyn Kippenberger, SPCA National Chief Executive.

“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 over 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 with fireworks starting well before the date of first sale, indicating that people had stockpiled from last year. Reports from across the country suggest that use has continued every night since then and, with 1135 tonnes of fireworks imported this year, continued use is expected.

The death of a dog in the Manawatu that jumped through a closed window has been attributed to fear from fireworks.

“Surely injury and death of animals cannot be an ‘acceptable’ result for a celebration that is not part of our history or culture. Guy Fawkes fireworks cause millions of dollars of damage to people, property and pets every year – damage that is totally avoidable” Ms Kippenberger says.

“A Facebook survey showed 60% of the public would like to see personal sales banned and other media have reported between 67% and 53% supporting public displays only. The SPCA believes there is majority support for a total ban of fireworks for personal use and we are calling on Government to take a tough stand” she says.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: WOMAD - Love Will Lead Us Home

The events of Friday, moments before the gates opened cast an entirely different shadow over the festival and highlight the importance of such events as a way of growing closer together. More>>

Howard Davis: The Puzzling Poetic Praxis of J.H. Prynne - Pt II

Given the historical and socio-cultural context from which Prynne's poetry emerged, a panoptical perspective on what his poems might be trying to say is indispensable to its comprehension. With some sequences this can be an exceptionally demanding challenge, requiring a great deal of perseverance, concentration, and endurance. More>>

Truth And Beauty: 2019 Ockham Book Award Finalists

The Cage by Lloyd Jones, This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman, All This By Chance by Vincent O’Sullivan, and The New Ships by Kate Duignan are shortlisted for the $53,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize. More>>


Measles: Two Measles Cases Notified In Auckland

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is asking people who may have been exposed to measles in three public locations to be alert to symptoms. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland