Every Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, Americans celebrate the birth of our nation and the new year. Many people don’t realize the fireworks they light or support by attending events enable a harmful tradition that has no place in a compassionate society.
Here’s the impact and aftermath of fireworks:
1. Increased reports of injuries and deaths to animals fleeing from fireworks (animals hit and killed by cars, birds flying into buildings, and wild animals getting trapped, falling, and suffering from respiratory ailments)
2. Massive increases in stray animals at shelters in the days that follow as dogs and cats left outside often run and get lost
3. Birds losing sight of their nests and never returning, leaving offspring to starve to death
4. Frightened and sick domesticated animals
Animals have much more acute hearing than humans. That’s one of the reasons my dog used to shake uncontrollably, jump in the shower, and start digging when he heard fireworks. This is him still hiding even after fireworks ended because he was so scared.
Animal research indicates animals hear the sound of fireworks at twice the decibel level as us—analogous to standing at the base of an airplane’s engine as it takes off. No form of entertainment can be worth subjecting animals to so much trauma. Take a moral stand. Refuse to attend any events that light off fireworks and ask your town leadership to end this cruel tradition. Animals should never suffer so people can celebrate a holiday.