SAY “NO” TO FIREWORKS

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Whilst I know that special occasions come with celebrations and a lot of the time with fireworks too, these loud, bright displays that are shot into the night sky can be extremely harmful to all animals. Fireworks can cause animals’ emotional, psychological and physical harm.

Their terror is not a choice – keep them safe and out of harm’s way. If you hear fireworks going off, you can be sure that your animals can hear them too, only they hear them louder and are therefore terrified by them. Please ensure that you keep your animals in a dark room, put the TV on to dim the noise of the fireworks, cover them with a blanket and give them a treat such as a chew or safe toy to play with. Give them plenty of cuddles to reassure them that they are safe. Cats are renowned for scuttling away when the fireworks bang in the sky, they run away from their homes, across roads that can cause injury or even worse, death. Ensure your cats are safely inside and put them in a dark room with a warm blanket and love them to ensure they are safe.

Sadly, Fireworks injure not only animals, but people too. They also cause damage to property and they destroy the environment as well.
Most birds fly away in fright of fireworks and nesting mothers’ endanger the wellbeing of their nestlings when they sometimes cannot find their own nest upon return.

Horses are also flight animals and will do anything to get away from things that frighten them, like fireworks. If stabled, horses are likely to hurt themselves and others while trying to escape.

In support of the campaign “Say No to Fireworks” that the SPCA has initiated, uMngeni SPCA will be holding an Anti-Fireworks display outside Pick n Pay on the 1st November 2014. Please support this initiative if you are in or around the area. Thank you.

Remember, your box of “tricks” (fireworks) is animals’ worst nightmare!

Until next time, take care

Tess Lutman, PRO/Fundraiser for uMngeni SPCA

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