Fireworks’ impact less this year

2017-01-11 06:02

ALTHOUGH certain areas in Pietermaritzburg reportedly experienced high volumes of fireworks on New Year’s Eve, judging from the handful of animals assisted by the SPCA on that night, it appears that the negative impact on animals this year was far less than in previous years.

This phenomenon may have been due to the economic climate and the prohibitive cost of fireworks, or one would like to believe that due to awareness and education campaigns, more and more enlightened community members are now acknowledging the devastation these loud exploding devices cause to, not only our pets, but all sentient beings as well as the environment.

As a volunteer at the Pietermaritzburg SPCA on New Year’s Eve, I, and other volunteers and SPCA staff, witnessed a particularly uneventful evening with a concentration of fireworks being discharged at midnight. Even in the days that followed, there have been fewer reports of missing animals.

One can only hope that the circle of compassion continues to expand and the use of fireworks during the 2017 “silly season” diminishes to the extent that the trauma, pain and suffering to animals is drastically reduced.

MAUREEN VIDA

Pelham

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