Stop this crazi­ness

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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!”

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