Fireworks warning for Amanzimtoti pet owners

FIREWORKS season is likely to start in earnest next week, inducing fear among pet owners who are aware of the terror that the loud bangs cause their beloved fur-babies.

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Fireworks Action Campaign Toti (FACT) explained the respect it has for the cultural and religious celebration, and also where the selfishness and lack of compassion is evident.

“FACT is well aware of the religious connotation that setting off fireworks has over Diwali,” said Lee Lewis, chairman of FACT.

“Diwali is a celebration of light, of goodness prevailing over evil. The fireworks are meant to ward off bad spirits over the night when there is a new moon (no moon). This lends itself to the use of sparklers or smaller, more colourful fireworks.

The frightening bangs aren’t necessary and remain unrelated to what the Hindu celebration is based on. FACT as well as the Metro Police battle to distinguish between those celebrating their religion, and those taking the chance to shake up every home with pets, elderly, sick and basically all those with ears.”


The official dates of the Diwali celebration are as follows:

Deepavali (South Indians): Wednesday, 18 October
Diwali (North Indians): Thursday, 19 October and Friday, 20 October.

Amanzimtoti SPCA understands more than most the negative effect that the use of frightening big bangs has on animals. The shelter is inundated every year with strays, loved pets filled with terror and responds to horrific cases of animals that were injured or died trying to run from the crackers. Not only over Diwali but also over Guy Fawkes, which falls on 5 November.

“We urge all pet owners to keep your fur-babies inside, close all doors and put on the television or music,” said manager of Toti SPCA, Tracey Girling.

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“If your pets get really scared, we recommend buying ‘Calmeze’ or ‘Eco Fear’ for your dogs. It’s very important that pet owners try ensure they’re at home over Diwali to comfort and ensure the safety of your pets.”

For more information, contact FACT on 072-080-2908 or the Amanzimtoti SPCA on 031-904-2424/5.


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Holly Konig

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