Animal Welfare Society of South Africa experiences an exponential increase in the number of stray animals over the Guy Fawkes period. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams/African News Agency
Animal Welfare Society of South Africa experiences an exponential increase in the number of stray animals over the Guy Fawkes period. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams/African News Agency

Appeal to cease Guy Fawkes fireworks display to avoid cruelty to animals

By Mthuthuzeli Ntseku Time of article published Oct 28, 2020

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Cape Town - Animal welfare organisations have pleaded with residents to refrain from firework celebrations on November 5 to avoid cruelty to animals.

Animal Welfare Society of South Africa’s head of communications Allan Perrins said the organisation had experienced an exponential increase in the number of stray animals over the Guy Fawkes period, with most admitted without identification.

He said many suffered acute anxiety and stress, and in their bid to flee the perceived or, in many cases, real danger, ended up injuring themselves, some fatally.

Civil society activist Nikki Botha said: “To them it’s like being trapped in a war zone with no way out. Animals exposed to the noise and environmental pollution of fireworks are adversely affected to the point where it often causes death.

“They have no way of understanding there is no need to panic, that it’s just a form of human entertainment. To them it’s the advent of the Apocalypse.

“But it’s not just animals who suffer the brunt of fireworks, people with dementia and PTSD experience fireworks in a traumatic space.”

Perrins appealed to pet owners to identify their pet(s) with a microchip or a safe collar and tag.

Cape Argus

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