Scots want more control over firework sales

SCOTS want to see tighter controls on the use and sale of fireworks, according to a survey commissioned by the Scottish Government.

Results showed that 71 per cent of adults supported tighter controls on the sale of fireworks to the public, with over half backing a ban.

And out of more than 16,000 respondents to a Scottish Government consultation on the issue, 94% want to see tighter controls on the sale of fireworks.

Meanwhile, 93% of people want to see stronger regulations to ensure animals are not caused unnecessary suffering as a result of fireworks misuse and 87% would support an outright ban on the sale.

Concerns over the impact of fireworks on those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and autism were also highlighted.

Ash Denham, Community Safety Minister, said: “The results of our consultation and survey demonstrate overwhelming public support for a change in how fireworks are sold and used.

“While legislation on the sale of fireworks is reserved to Westminster, I will work with stakeholders to look at the powers we have to drive forward action to reduce the damage caused by fireworks misuse.

“The consultation also highlighted the wider harm that can be caused to members of our communities, including our ex-service people and those with underlying mental health issues.

“The serious distress and occasional injury caused to animals around times of celebration has also been highlighted as a specific concern.”

Gilly Mendes Ferreira, Scottish SPCA head of education and policy added: “We’re pleased so many members of the public have voiced their opinion and cited animal welfare as one of the reasons to restrict the public sale and use of fireworks. For years we have supported tighter restrictions on public use due to the stress and anxiety that can be caused to animals.

“Over the years the Scottish SPCA has received a handful of calls relating to an animal that has been injured due to the direct misuse of fireworks. The majority of calls relate to animals that have become injured through trying to escape the noise of fireworks.

“Incidents include dogs running on to roads and being hit by oncoming traffic, birds, such as swans, flying into electricity pylons and horses being badly injured after running through barbed wire fences. We will continue to work closely with the Scottish Government to improve animal welfare surrounding the use of fireworks.”

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