Have firework-season consideration

2016-10-25 06:00
 Photo: supplied Crow asks the public to consider wildlife this fireworks season.

Photo: supplied Crow asks the public to consider wildlife this fireworks season.

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WITH year-end festivities and festivals just around the corner, many in KwaZulu-Natal wait in anticipation for the fireworks season.
However, while these spectacular displays will bring joy to thousands, at the same time they bring terror on wildlife.

As a result, Crow is appealing to residents to think twice before launching fireworks – taking into account the impact their action can have on domestic and wild animals.

Paul Hoyte, Crow director, said: “When it comes to domestic animals, people can easily stock up on Rescue or other vet-approved sedatives to assist their pets through this traumatic time. What we have got to realise is that our wildlife is exposed throughout this season.

“Over the years we have seen a spike in Crow admissions directly after an evening of fireworks, resulting in baby animals being unnecessarily orphaned – particularly common among nesting birds and small mammals, frightened animals that flee from the safety of their dens and/or nests in confusion created by the noise pollution of firework displays.”

For birds, panic can cause them to become disorientated, leading to them flying into trees and buildings, and on the ground animals are known to have fled onto roads, causing them to be hit by vehicles.

Following the displays some scavenging animals have also been known to ingest parts of the fireworks, usually resulting in death.

In order to try and limit the number of animals that are forced to endure fireworks, the Crow team is now asking people to not hold private firework displays.

The centre is also calling on those holding displays to use low-noise fireworks to minimise the impact their event will have on wildlife.

“We ask that people rather focus on the light aspect of the displays and not the loud explosions. KwaZulu-Natal boasts a high level of biodiversity, which is something we should collectively protect by making a few sacrifices in order to live harmoniously with all living organisms.” - Supplied.

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