Vets welcome new Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill but highlight concerns over loopholes and resources

BVA has today (Thursday 30 June) welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government that the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill has passed following a Scottish Parliament debate.

The bill includes the introduction of a fireworks licensing system for people who wish to buy and use fireworks, designated firework control zones, and measures to stop under-18s from acquiring fireworks and pyrotechnics.

But BVA remains concerned that measures do not go far enough to adequately safeguard the health and welfare of animals in the UK which may suffer during firework displays.

BVA Junior Vice President Malcolm Morley said: “Loud and high-pitched fireworks can cause extreme stress and upset for many species of animal as well as having the potential to cause pain and injury if an animal becomes panicked or a firework gets out of control.

“These measures are therefore a very welcome step in the right direction. It is vital that the Scottish Government now makes sure that there is adequate resource and guidance in place to ensure these new important rules can be properly enforced.

“We remain concerned about loopholes left by exemptions for public displays to continue to take place in designated Firework Control Zones and the lack of licensing requirements for public displays and organised events. These loopholes have the potential to be exploited and may mean that these displays still have the potential to cause stress, harm, and potential injury for animals nearby.”

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