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SPCA renews calls for fireworks ban

Monday, 3 November, 2014

SPCA New Zealand welcomes the select committee meeting on Guy Fawkes morning to consider banning the public sale of fireworks.

"The SPCA does not support the private sale and use of fireworks and has long called for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public," says SPCA New Zealand CEO Ric Odom.

"Fireworks and animals simply don't mix. The loud bangs and bright flashes are very frightening to animals and many become highly stressed by them."

"We urge pet owners to keep their pets inside and safe on Guy Fawkes Night. But equally we ask people without pets to be aware of the stress their use of fireworks is likely to be causing in their neighbourhood."

Here are 5 tips to help keep your pets safe and calm on Guy Fawkes Night:

  1. Stay home with your pet – they will be less stressed with someone they trust close by.
  2. Keep them indoors – where they won't see the flashes and the bangs will be muffled. Close doors and windows and draw the curtains. Turn up the volume on your radio or TV to help drown out loud bangs.
  3. Put a collar and registration tag on your dog – if your dog panics and bolts, it will help rescuers reunite you. Attach a disc with your contact phone number.
  4. Take special care of elderly or nervous pets – consult your vet for the best advice on keeping them calm, including sedation if necessary.
  5. Move horses and farm animals away from fireworks – and make sure all fences are secure. Stable horses where possible.