PETA warning: fireworks may scare animals to death on Long Island
June 23, 2021
David Perlé 202-483-7382
Long Island, New York State – As July 4th approaches and revelers plan to watch fireworks light up the sky, PETA asks everyone to ditch the loud pyrotechnics – which are causing many dogs and cats to flee in panic – and to follow his advice to ensure the safety of animals. They could save lives.
Every Independence Day (and any fireworks time), animal shelters see a spike in lost animals that have fled the noise, and some are run over or otherwise killed. On July 4 in Peconic, a dog named Shiva went missing after being frightened by fireworks and escaping through a hole in a fence.
People can help protect animals by taking the following precautions:
- Keep cats and dogs indoors. Never leave animals tied or chained outside – they can hang themselves if they jump over a fence trying to escape the noise. Animals can also injure themselves when trying to exit enclosures.
- Never take animals with you to watch fireworks! If you know in advance that there will be fireworks in your area, stay at home with your animals and try to keep them calm.
- Close your windows and curtains. To help muffle sounds, turn on fans and air conditioning units as well as the television or radio tuned to a classical music station.
- Buy a ThunderShirt, which can help your dog or cat cope with the stress of fireworks. Other ways to keep animals calm include playing music specially designed by iCalmPet and giving them a natural supplement called melatonin, which is available at your health food store. (See your vet first.)
- Make sure your pet is microchipped and is wearing a collar or harness with an up-to-date ID tag, just in case.
- If it’s cool enough outside, take the dogs for a long walk or a walk in the dog park before the fireworks start to tire them out.
- If you see someone setting off illegal fireworks, call the authorities immediately.
“For animals, fireworks are really do sound like “bombs bursting in the air,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA encourages everyone to dance, cheer and celebrate as they see fit, as long as the festivities leave the animals in peace. ”
Animals aren’t the only ones affected, either: Veterans and others with post-traumatic stress disorder can be deeply disturbed by fireworks. By following PETA’s advice, everyone can help make this vacation safer for everyone.
PETA’s Useful Garden Signs, available here, highlight just how much fireworks can surprise pets. For more information, please visit PETA.org.