Thursday, 05 February 2009 13:29

Fireworks pledge initiative launched

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) is launching an initiative which it hopes will send out a message loud and clear to anyone dealing in or trading with fireworks. "We won't support you."

"Consumers are powerful," says Christine Kuch of the NSPCA. "We believe that a collective effort will have an effect. This is not a petition but an appeal to everyone who cares sufficiently to sign up via our web site and make the following pledge."

"Because I believe that animals should not be frightened, because I believe that fireworks pollute the atmosphere and because I believe that consumers have the power to make change for the good: - I pledge not to use fireworks and I give an undertaking not to support outlets that trade in fireworks."


The NSPCA gives an undertaking that information received will not be sold or passed to any other party but that it will be made public from time to time via the media and the NSPCA newsletter, the number of people supporting the initiative.

It is hoped that the over 90 individual SPCAs will also take up the challenge and will promote it through schools. "It is important to reach the youth. Education programmes have been ongoing. Information and advice are given each year but still the scourge of fireworks continues. The time has come for everyone to come to the fore and to indicate that they have had enough."

The NSPCA would prefer the initiative to be considered in a positive light rather than as a boycott. "We are calling for people to support outlets that do not trade in fireworks. Many stores made the decision over a period of time that they wish to be ethical in their operations and not contribute in any way – directly or indirectly – towards the suffering of animals. This needs to be the benchmark for all traders."

To make the pledge and to make the collective voice heard, please CLICK HERE; alternatively visit www.nspca.co.za.