COMMONWEALTH GAMES SPARK SILENT FIREWORKS SUGGESTION FROM PETA

For Immediate Release:
17 October 2017

Non-Explosive Fireworks Offer a Stress-Free Show for Animals and Humans

Gold Coast – As the countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games continues, PETA has contacted the event organiser’s CEO, Mark Peters, with a suggestion for the opening and closing ceremonies: allow only silent fireworks, which create a stunning show without the overwhelming noise.

Silent fireworks rely on richer colour effects and visual choreography and offer a stress-free celebration for noise-sensitive animals. Shelters see an increase in the number of lost dogs following fireworks displays. Often, dogs go missing because they panic and jump over fences or break away from chains. Some even jump through windows in an attempt to get away from the terrifying sounds. Loud fireworks displays can also scare cats left outdoors and wildlife into roads, where they can be injured or killed by vehicles.

“By offering silent fireworks – as cities throughout Europe are already doing – the Gold Coast can prevent dogs, cats, wildlife, and humans from being bombarded with explosions,” says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. “Silent fireworks shows deliver all the flash without the frightening noise, while improving the quality of life for all local residents.”

The stress of booming fireworks isn’t limited to animals: children, veterans, and elderly people can also be deeply disturbed by the noise.

A copy of PETA’s letter to Mark Peters is available on request.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.