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Can You Help Support a Proposed Fireworks Ban?

18 January 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - The Scottish SPCA has announced its full support for Midlothian Council’s plans to ban the sale of fireworks to members of the public. The SPCA is now urging people to sign a petition in favour of restricting their use.

Under the plans announced on 6 January, organisers of licensed events would still be allowed to purchase fireworks but they would not be for sale in shops.

We have welcomed the proposal and urged other councils to follow suit.

Those in favour are being urged to sign an online petition to restrict the use of fireworks by clicking here.

Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “The Scottish SPCA has campaigned for tighter restrictions on the sale and public use of fireworks for many years and fully supports Midlothian Council’s plans.

“We are now urging other councils to follow their example and hope the Scottish Government will support the initiative.

“Current legislation is so relaxed that fireworks can easily be misused and set off on any given day rather than being limited to major festival periods such as Bonfire Night and New Year.

“This leaves pet owners and farmers unable to make adequate provisions for their animals.

“We have been made aware of numerous incidents over the years where animals have come to serious harm and even death as a result of fireworks being set off near them.

“Animals have heightened senses and their hearing is much stronger than ours. The bang from a firework can be petrifying to an animal and some will panic and flee at the sound.

“We are aware of cases where terrified dogs have run off because of the noise and tragically been killed on roads. We have also received reports of swans flying into electricity pylons, horses being badly injured after running through barbed wire fences and farm animals aborting their young.

“We strongly believe this ban would be a positive step forward for animal welfare in Scotland.”

 

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