RSPCA worried over stockpiling of fireworks

Fireworks look good but can be extremely destructive.
© Matt Buck

Concerns over the potential stockpiling of fireworks by enthusiasts have been voiced by the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

The RSPCA says there is evidence people have been stockpiling fireworks to use outside the few days around Guy Fawkes Day when their sales are permitted.

It said it advised animal owners to take special precautions to protect their pets over the Guy Fawkes season.

“However, responsible owners cannot be expected to keep animals confined indefinitely,” national chief executive Robyn Kippenberger said.

Last 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 the previous year.

It said 1135 tonnes of fireworks had been imported last year.

Kippenberger said: “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.”

The RSPCA wants fireworks restricted to public displays.

“A 2011 Facebook survey showed 71 per cent of the public would like to see personal sales banned and other media have reported between 67 per cent and 53 per cent supporting public displays only,” Kippenberger said.

“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.”


2 thoughts on “RSPCA worried over stockpiling of fireworks

  • November 13, 2012 at 9:38 am

    It beggars belief that in a so called ‘world ecomonic crisis’ there are still people with, quite literally, money to burn. Fireworks scare animals, maim those who use and misuse them, and are often made by child labour. If you have too much money, there are lots of charities out there ! Do some good !

  • November 6, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Sick of the pc brigade/ fun police bashing public sale of fireworks.
    Point one 1100 tones of fireworks imported last year does not support the contention that 75% of people support a ban.
    Point two …. To state that fireworks is not apart of our traditions or culture is plain wrong…. To say that and follow that logic then Christmas, Easter, and even our parliamentary democracy is also not apart of our culture or traditions.
    If sale of fireworks is banned I for one will simply manufacture my own … It’s not rocket science ….. Well maybe it is.:)
    I suggest we instead remove the ridiculous ban on sky rockets , tom thumbs and double happy’s even the old jumping jacks.
    Let’s put the fun back into this family celebration.


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