Diwali: A festival of lights for us, and darkness for animals

Diwali: A festival of lights for us, and darkness for animals

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Tejaswini Kumari started this petition to Government of India

As the city gears up to celebrate the festival of lights, animal activists have once again raised an alarm over the rising pollution and high decibel levels due to the bursting of fire crackers during the festivities.

Activists and animal lovers have been waging a constant battle against firecracker enthusiasts in the city. Now, Plants and Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), a Mumbai-based NGO working towards the protection of animals, birds and plants, has written to the three municipal corporations – Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Thane Municipal Corporation(TMC) and Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC – to create awareness about protection of stray dogs and pet animals and birds during Diwali.

In the letter PAWS has highlighted that every Diwali many stray and pet animals and birds go through immense stress and tension due to noise pollution caused by the crackers. “We request the corporation to create awareness among general public to celebrate Diwali with noise-free crackers, and to instruct people who burst crackers to also clean the area which they have used,” said Sunish Subramaniam, secretary, PAWS Mumbai.

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