Diwali: SPCA calls for 'quiet' celebrations

2009-10-12 00:00

PET lovers and their dogs staged a demonstration in Howick during the weekend, to voice their hope that Diwali will be celebrated this week without turning local neighbourhoods into “war zones” with loud fireworks.

The National Council of SPCA’s (NSPCA) said in a statement issued at the weekend it recognises and respects the cultural and religious practices that involve the use of light — and which are not limited to Hindus.

These are protected in terms of the Constitution.

However, the NSPCA said the rights of others too should not be compromised and laws should not be broken.

“Diwali is the festival of light. Big bangs have no part in Diwali because they were not part of the tradition.

“Yet around the time of Diwali, we receive countless calls from people within the Hindu community who appeal to us for assistance, saying they are trying to celebrate in the accepted traditional manner but are unable to do so because youths are running up and down the road throwing lighted crackers over garden walls.

“Diwali has been taken in vain by certain persons, using it as an excuse for mayhem,” said the organisation.

The NSPCA is in favour of legislation that will ensure that the discharge of fireworks for religious purposes be limited to a certain part of town; that residents and animal welfare organisations be notified in advance of the use of fireworks as well as who will be present to police it.

Superintendent Renier Botha, commanding officer of the SAPS bomb disposal unit in Pietermaritzburg, warned yesterday that no child under the age of 16 years is allowed to set off fireworks unless supervised by adults.

“Fireworks are totally banned from use in public places except with prior permission.

“There are heavy penalties for transgressions,” he added.

ingrido@witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.