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Every year, thousands of animals suffer stress and anxiety caused by the use of fireworks. The Scottish SPCA has been aware of incidents over the years of animals coming to harm, or even death, as a result of fireworks.
We understand the joy of fireworks events and displays. However, we believe that this joy shouldn’t be at the expense of our beloved pets and wildlife.
The Society has supported tighter restrictions on the public use of fireworks for years. Earlier this year, the Scottish Government held a public consultation on the views and use of fireworks. This is a very positive step for animal welfare.
The consultation results show there is overwhelming public support for the restriction of the public use of fireworks for animal welfare reasons.
We believe public awareness is at the heart of the solution. Please don’t be the reason that your neighbour’s dog suffers severe stress and anxiety, or your local farm animals startle and get into trouble in their moment of panic.
Every year our animal helpline receives hundreds of calls related to fireworks and animal abuse, or from concerned callers seeking advice regarding their own pets. According to research 45% of dogs show signs of fear when they hear fireworks.
Do not walk your dog at a time when fireworks are being set off. Make sure this is done earlier in the day, preferably when it is still light
We would encourage the public to attend organised displays only to help limit the number of events taking place across Scotland.
If you see anyone using fireworks with the intent to cause harm, report them immediately to Police Scotland on 101.
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See the results of the Scottish Government public consultation here.