‘Say no to big bang fireworks’

2019-12-18 06:00
Non-profit organisation Ban Animal Trading South Africa (Bat) held a anti-fireworks and “ban the bang” protest recently.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Non-profit organisation Ban Animal Trading South Africa (Bat) held a anti-fireworks and “ban the bang” protest recently.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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NON-PROFIT organisation Ban Animal Trading (Bat) South Africa held an anti-fireworks and “ban the bang” protest outside the Liberty Midlands Mall on Sunday, December 15.

According to Bat’s Saihashna Rajkumar, the protest formed part of the organisation’s anti-fireworks campaign.

“The non-profit organisation [Bat] has been holding demonstrations around the province to raise awareness around the harmful effects of big bang fireworks on animals, including domestic animals, birds, wildlife, farm animals, and stray animals,” said Rajkumar, who added that big bang fireworks are outdated and unnecessary.

Futhermore, Rajkumar explained that there are many other silent, animal-friendly and eco-friendly alternative ways to celebrate.

“Bat is an animal rights organisation that aims to end animal exploitation through facilitating positive and meaningful change,” said Rajkumar.

In speaking on bringing change, Rajkumar acknowledged that, slowly but surely, times are changing.

“Bat was pleasantly surprised by the great deal of positive responses and support that was received from passing motorists. People are becoming more aware and are making more compassionate choices.

“The amount of big bang fireworks set off this year were noticeably less than in previous years,” said Rajkumar, who added that, unfortunately, for pets, stray animals, farm animals, wild animals, shelter animals and so many more, change is not happening fast enough.

Rajkumar expressed her views regarding fireworks, saying that as long as fireworks are being sold and used, and by-laws not being implemented, countless animals will be injured, lost and killed due to the use of fireworks. And, with the festive season approaching, Bat urges members of the public to make the compassionate choice and leave big bangs out of their celebrations.

“Please join Bat in the upcoming peaceful and legal anti-fireworks demonstrations. Permits to protest were obtained from the South African Police Services (SAPS) and security will be present. Posters are available on a first come, first serve basis but you are welcome to bring your own posters if you would like,” said Rajkumar.

The next protest will take place on December 29 from 4 pm on Chatterton Road, outside Absa bank, in Pietermaritzburg. A second protest will be held outside the Liberty Midlands Mall on December 31, starting from 4 pm.

For more information, contact Rajkumar at 083 809 3598 or e-mail saihashnar@gmail.com

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