Petition to the New Zealand Parliament to ban the sale of fireworks to the public

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We respectfully request the New Zealand Parliament ban the sale of fireworks to the public.

We request this ban to ensure the protection all animal life – domestic, farmed and wild, from the harm that fireworks causes, year after year, whether it be direct or indirect harm.

There have been many media reports as well as anecdotal evidence of animals being distressed and injured in their attempt to escape the frightening sound of fireworks explosions. Some injuries and distress have resulted in death.

As well as accidental death and injury there have been a number of reports of deliberate cruelty involving the use of fireworks to harm animals.

Animal owners are required to comply with the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and as such, owners and carers have a responsibility to “protect from injury”. As long as fireworks are available in our communities our duty of care will always be compromised.

Furthermore, the use of fireworks is a hazard for humans, property and the environment and places avoidable pressure on our emergency services. Their use is inconsistent with New Zealand’s changing attitudes towards improving health and safety in our lives.

The tradition of Guy Fawkes fireworks in modern Aotearoa bears no cultural relevance to its origins, the Gun Powder Plot of 1605 in England. It is time to let this outdated dangerous backyard tradition go – the sale of fireworks to the public needs to be banned for the sake of keeping our animals safe and well.

References:

October 2016.

 https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/85765647/a-diabolical-night-animal-groups-call-for-fireworks-ban-ahead-of-guy-fawkes

 

November 2017 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11941147

 

February 2108

https://www.nzva.org.nz/news/387899/Veterinarians-support-a-ban-on-fireworks.htm

 



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