Stirling MP Seeks Public Views on Firework Usage


Categories: Animal Welfare, Safer Communities

Link to survey:

Alyn Smith MP is seeking the views of Stirling residents regarding the private use of fireworks, as the Bonfire season draws to a close. A recent Scottish Government consultation found 94% of respondents supported tighter controls on the sales of fireworks.

As Honorary Vice-President of the Scottish SPCA and Honorary Associate of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), Mr Smith has a particular interest in the relationship between fireworks and animal welfare. According to the RSPCA, 62% of dog owners and 54% of cat owners said their pet showed signs of distress during firework season. 

The online survey will collate the views of Stirling residents in relation to the private sales and use of fireworks. Whilst the usage of fireworks is devolved, firework sales remain reserved to Westminster.

Alyn Smith MP said: 

‘I know how traumatic the use of fireworks can be for animals and humans alike. Every year there are reports on how distressed animals have injured themselves or others in reaction to the loud noises, or how constituents have experienced extreme discomfort.

‘The Scottish Government have done a power of work, in conjunction with other public health authorities and partners, to keep firework usage as safe as possible for users, the wider public and pet owners.

‘From previous research, there’s a growing public consensus that something needs to change in this policy space. With this survey, I’m keen to hear from Stirling residents about their experiences of fireworks and what they think about future policy in this area.’


Scottish Government report on Firework Consultation:

Link to survey: