For Immediate Release:
20 December 2018
Group Suggests That the Island Swap Disturbing Loud Fireworks for Dazzling Noiseless Displays
Perth– As cities across Western Australia prepare for their New Year’s Eve celebrations, PETA has written to the Rottnest Island Authoritywith a suggestion: use only silent fireworks in order to create a stress-free environment for the island’s animal and human residents.
“Silent fireworks shows deliver all the flash without the frightening noise,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “By using silent fireworks – as several cities in Europe and the US are already doing – Rottnest Island can prevent dogs, cats, wildlife, and humans from being alarmed or disturbed by explosions.”
In the letter, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that following conventional fireworks displays, animal-rescue centres often see an increase in the number of lost dogs, many of whom panic and break loose from leads or jump over fences or even through glass windows in an attempt to get away from the terrifying sounds. Loud displays also scare wild animals, such as deer, causing them to flee onto roads, where they are at great risk of being struck and killed by vehicles and also endanger drivers. And the stress isn’t limited to animals: noise-sensitive children, elderly people, veterans, and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can find the noise of the explosives disturbing.