Celebrate the festival of light, not bangs - SPCA

2015-11-04 06:00
Photo: supplied SPCA warns against use of fireworks.

Photo: supplied SPCA warns against use of fireworks.

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AS fireworks season approaches, the Kloof and Highway SPCA appeal to the community to prepare and to take steps to protect your pets.

According to Lisa Gadd, SPCA outreach officer, Diwali is the festival of light and its beauty is inherent, and loud bangs should form no part of it.

She said that Guy Fawkes Day has no relevance to South Africa and it is questioned why it is “celebrated” at all.

“The loud bangs, which very often accompany fireworks, cause animals great distress, fear and suffering as their hearing is much more acute than ours.

“Some animals cause injury to themselves by jumping through glass windows, over spiked fences or by running into traffic, as examples,” she added.

The SPCA offers advice which will help reduce the amount of stress pets experiences over this period.

• Ensure that your animals have some form of identity - for example a collar and tag and/or microchip.

Microchipping can be done by your local vet or contact us on 031 764 1212/3.

• If your pets are particularly frightened of fireworks, staying at home with them would be first prize, alternatively ensure someone is able to watch them for you or keep your pets inside and draw the curtains and play calming music.

• Entertain your pets by giving them something to chew on or play with, catnip is a good idea for cats.

• Consult your vet or local SPCA for calming medication. Do not give medication intended for humans to animals.

Gadd said: “The SPCA does not enforce the laws relating to the use of fireworks. The Explosives Act is enforced by the SAPS to whom matters of concern need to be reported. This Act covers the sale of fireworks as well as issues relating to the discharge of fireworks in public places.

“Local by-laws regulate the discharge of fireworks on private property. In some Municipalities, permits are required, in other areas there is dispensation for Diwali between specified times.

“We especially appeal to everyone celebrating Diwali to use those fireworks without the loud bags, to be considerate of animals, their neighbours and community members who may also suffer and to abide by the laws and regulations pertaining to the use of fireworks.”

Stray and lost animals can be brought to the SPCA which has standby kennels 24-hours a day. - Supplied

For injured animals or emergencies, please call
031 764 1212/3 office hours or 073 335 9322 after hours

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