Ban big-bang fireworks

2019-03-27 06:00
PHOTO: rekash SinaninProtesters stood outside the Liberty Midlands Mall last Thursday to argue against the use of big-bang fireworks.

PHOTO: rekash SinaninProtesters stood outside the Liberty Midlands Mall last Thursday to argue against the use of big-bang fireworks.

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TAKING no rest from causes close to the heart, Ban Animal Trading South Africa (Bat) held a peaceful protest against big-bang fireworks outside Liberty Midlands Mall last Thursday from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Saihashna Rajkumar said that their protest was not against all fireworks but against those that make extremely loud noises.

“Those loud sounds terrify all animals, including wildlife and birds, as they can sound seven times louder to the animals than to us. Some animals even die from these loud sounds,” said Rajkumar.

Rajkumar said that over the years, Bat has been getting the public to sign petitions and they have been forwarding those petitions to Parliament.

“We have also been trying to educate people but nothing has worked. When fireworks are used after designated times, people report it, but nothing happens,” said Rajkumar, and that is why they protest.

Rajkumar said the rules are not followed with regard to loud fireworks, which are still being ignited regardless of the times. “There are just too many victims of fireworks yearly and we hope to convince people and the government to ban these big-bang fireworks,” said Rajkumar.

The Bat group said that they are not only working towards the banning of big-bang fireworks, but they are also working towards ending the use, abuse and exploitation of animals.

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