Stop this craziness
With Guy Fawkes approaching, The Guardians, an animal welfare body in Komani, is urging residents not to set off fireworks in residential areas, which includes all parts where people live.
Spokesman Adele Reynders said, “Please be responsible and considerate. Fireworks cause immense trauma in animals. We do not realise the suffering, pain and anxiety they have to endure. Trying to escape from this leads to them getting lost and in some cases even death.”
At a meeting on August 5 with the mayor, a petition to ban fireworks consisting of 67 pages and 1,455 signatures was handed in and included a supporting document from SAPS and a letter of support from the Queenstown Veterinary Clinic. The mayor’s office had not responded until recently, when The Guardians were invited to hand in a proposal.
Reynders said they would approach the only outlet in town licensed to sell fireworks to consider stocking only “silent” fireworks, if not for Guy Fawkes, then for New Year’s Eve.
The group will patrol residential areas on November 5 and stop people setting off fireworks.
Reynders concluded, “Beside this being a crime against animals it is also a criminal offence for which you can be charged. PLEASE HELP US STOP THIS CRAZINESS!”