Protect our animals - Ban Fireworks throughout South Africa

Protect our animals - Ban Fireworks throughout South Africa

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Gen de Villiers started this petition to National Council of SPCAs and

Every year thousands of pets will suffer as a result of fireworks being let off. Animal hospitals and Veterinary Clinics across the country see a marked rise in pets requiring medication during such stressful times, and many pets brought into rescue centres for having run away from home. Animals have very acute hearing. Loud bangs and whistles may cause them actual pain in their ears.

Dogs, cats, and wild animals don't understand what fireworks are—all they know is that loud and scary explosions are going off and they need to run and hide for safety. Plus, fireworks blasts can leave animals confused, making it easier for them to get lost or injured when they run away, which puts them in more danger!

Dogs are known to impale themselves on palisade fencing, run into busy roads, have panic attacks and heart attacks due to the frightening noise. If your furkid fears thunder, fireworks are far worse. 

If Cape Town can ban fireworks for November 2019 and December 2019, why not permanently and why not the rest of the country.

News Article here

Effects of fireworks on people, animals and property

Fireworks can burn down houses, damage entertainment venues such as nightclubs, frighten children and adults, cause bushfires, and terrify pets and wildlife.

Noise from fireworks can cause distress, especially as fireworks can sound like gunfire. The noise can also cause tinnitus and deafness, or aggravate a nervous condition.

People who suffer from asthma can experience discomfort and epileptics can experience seizures following fireworks displays.

Some people with autism can be startled by fireworks. What's really important to remember is of the thousands of people with autism, many of them will have a sensitivity to noise and light, sometimes that'll be extreme. Sometimes it can be painful for autistic people, and the unexpected nature of fireworks causes a lot of distress.

When frightened by fireworks, horses and dogs have been known to injure themselves and others by running away, potentially causing accidents and damage to property.

*This petition has been linked to NSPCA, Department of Community Safety (Complaints) and Department of Environmental Affairs.

Lets put our foot down once and for all. 

Send as much info on incidents that you can to Anti-Fireworks Alliance - fireworksalert@gmail.com

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