Pet-friendly new year for Plett

2010-12-29 16:10

Cape Town - Plettenberg Bay will celebrate the arrival of the new year with pet-friendly flying lanterns, rather than the traditional fireworks, Bitou Tourism said on Wednesday.

Mayor Lulama Mvimbi has endorsed the "Sky Lantern Spectacle" which will take place on Central Beach at midnight on Friday.

The lanterns are made with paper on a bamboo frame, are silent and therefore pet friendly, and make an "awesome" spectacle as they rise up to 300m into the night sky before extinguishing.

"The campaign offers a more responsible and animal-friendly alternative to the traditional fireworks and will see hundreds of revellers releasing sky lanterns with personalised messages at the stroke of midnight," Bitou Tourism said.

The town will at the same time seek to establish a record for the largest number of sky lanterns released simultaneously.

Part of the campaign includes a donation to animal welfare organisation PAWS, which had also endorsed the campaign.

Over 4 000 lanterns were being distributed through branches of Plett Sports in the town.

  • siren703 - 2010-12-29 16:51

    brilliant. well dont Plett!!!

  • Annemarie - 2010-12-29 17:48

    Very trendy and friendly! Hope this catches on FAST.

  • sceptic - 2010-12-30 09:42

    What a fantastic idea.... NOT!!! Hundreds of homes have been burnt down in the past when these spectacular lanterns land on their roofs, Yet Our stupid municipality with it's equally pathetic tourism chief, and Paws seem to have overlooked this. The spectacular fire works display has been tradition for more than 30 years in Plett, drawing crwds from all over south africa and boosting plett's economy in one single day enough to make up for at least four months of bad business. I marvel at our municipalities constant ability to screw its people over on a daily basis and now this? Who is to Blame? PAWS!! Pets have increased exponentially over the past decade, yet humans have to suffer one night of entertainment, because the poor pets get scared. Tut Tut.Take your pets and go sit in the Karoo, where nothing much happens pretty much any time of the year. You people are a disgrace for tourism!!!! And quite frankly pathetic! I suppose we could therefore ask you for a donation should any one of our ( people for fireworks) homes burn down when one of those stupid lanterns land on per example, my thatch roof?????

      K-9-Commando - 2010-12-30 16:16

      Scrap the whole idea then,if it can't be doene pet friendly. I'm not letting my pets get terrified because some bloody idiot wants to see things go BOOM!!! Mindless waste of time and money if you ask me. They should go and shoot the fireworks in the Karoo thats a simpler solution.

      thetravellingpen - 2010-12-31 08:47

      I see these lanterns every day here in Thailand, and have never see one land on a roof - they drift up and away, as people make wishes and watch them disappear. If they drop, it is because the little candle inside has gone out (hot air rises theory..) so they are not dangerous, especially as they are being let out over the sea! They are far less dangerous than fireworks. Perhaps you should comment after seeing the display - it is just as spectacular as fireworks, a win-win situation

      Brigadoon - 2010-12-31 13:35

      Dear Sceptic, you are a total waste of air and space ....... clearly you have never had to retrieve an animal torn to pieces from a barbed wire fence or huddled wimpering in a stormwater drain because of fireworks ...... how dare you be so callous! ........ maybe you should look at relocating to the Karoo! Well Done PAWS and all the pet-friendly people out there, enjoy the lanterns tonight :-)

      Irene - 2011-01-05 12:32

      It would be fine if it was just one night. The problem is that even though people do take precautions for their animals there are always the fools who take it too far. I live in Ladysmith KZN and have had the constant loud bangs that go off and scare the crap out of animals and all the local wildlife from Christmas through and beyond New Year. I called the police for three little children under the age of 10 playing unsupervised in the middle of the day in their garden with a box of matches and a load of fireworks.And another thing, tourism is just money-lives are'nt. How many people get injured? Seriously, a little rethink on the subject with a small dose of social concience may go a long way.

  • Chrizel - 2010-12-30 09:44

    I think it is stupid all the kids is looking forward for the fireworks. The pet owners can for one day in the year look after their pets so the kids can enjoy is.

      K-9-Commando - 2010-12-30 16:25

      Bogger the kidz, even if I look after my pets they are still scared, and what about the people who are on holliday without their pets? The kids can find something more constructive to look forward to.

      sceptic - 2010-12-31 11:39

      I suppose we should ask God to ban Thunder too?

  • markwmilligan - 2010-12-30 21:22

    Great Idea. I think Fireworks should be banned.

  • Bman_01 - 2010-12-31 09:19

    This should be implemented right through SA great idea. As a pet owner it is terrible to see what they go through on new years eve. Ban fireworks!!

  • dictator - 2010-12-31 12:49

    Looks so much nice than fireworks too!

  • Karen - 2011-01-01 10:11

    So much for a Pet Friendly Night, SHAME ON YOU BEACON ISLE HOTEL for not adhering to this and shooting BOMBS! Thank you to all the holiday makers who bought lanterns in support of PAWS!

  • Silence - 2011-01-02 12:17

    The lantern ida seems fantastic. I am not so much worried about the pets as I am worried about the "poor" human beings. We have had such terrible accidents involving humans in the past and I can not for one moment imagine what satisfiaction people derive from shooting these crackers. But then, small things amuse small minds. "Begging for silence"

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  • Irene - 2011-01-05 12:25

    Kudos to the people of Plett!!! Awesome awesome awesome! How wonderful to finally see a town with a social concience. How did you get it right? Could you please pass it on to the mayor of Ladysmith KZN who thinks its cool to throw free concerts and end them with fireworks?

  • Light a Lantern SA - 2011-01-08 16:46

    All sky lanterns used at Plett were provided by Light a Lantern - - Don't light a rocket, Light a Lantern

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