For Immediate Release:
27 October 2010
Mumbai – For humans, Diwali is a fun festival involving lights, noise and a message of unity and love. But to other living beings, the thunderous Diwali firework celebrations can make it seem as if the heavens are falling.
Every year, countless companion animals disappear after Diwali firework displays send them running for their lives. Terrified animals who flee the traumatising barrage of explosions often become disoriented and can’t find their way back home. To make matters worse, some misguided people cruelly clip firecrackers to animals’ bodies, causing the animals serious injury, or even death.
This Diwali, PETA urges everyone to make sure that the festivities are enjoyable for all living beings by taking the following steps:
• Keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are going off, and if possible, stay with them.
• Close your windows and curtains and turn on a radio or TV to help drown out the noise.
• Make sure that your animal companion is wearing a collar and an updated identification tag.
• Make sure that people don’t throw firecrackers at animals. Ask your building’s security guard to be on the lookout for people who tie firecrackers to the tails of dogs and other animals, and report problems to the police.
• Whenever possible, discourage people from setting off very loud firecrackers – animals have far more sensitive hearing than humans do.
• Keep an eye out for lost companion animals and try to look after them until their homes can be found.
• Instead of setting off dangerous, earsplitting fireworks, light up your house with diyas, lamps and other decorative ornaments that will preserve everyone’s hearing.
For more information on how to help animals, please visit PETAIndia.com.