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Frightening Fireworks Displays Can Mean Runaways, Injuries
Animal AdvisoryJuly 2, 2012
Contact:Shakira Croce 202-483-7382
To dogs, cats, and other
animals, Independence Day can seem more like World War III than a summertime
celebration. Noisy Fourth of July fireworks are frightening to animals, who
don't realize that the explosions are entertainment, not dangerous.
Will you please inform your viewers/listeners of these
simple but potentially lifesaving tips in the days leading up to the Fourth of
July and in your coverage of holiday events?
After fireworks displays, animal
shelters nationwide report an increase in the number of lost companion animals.
When animals hear the cracks and booms in the sky on the Fourth of July, many
of them panic and jump over fences or break chains. Some even jump through
glass windows in order to get away from the terrifying sounds. Some animals are
later reunited with their families, but others are never found. Dogs and other
animals often arrive at animal shelters disoriented and/or with injuries such
as bloody paws from running frantically in search of safety, open wounds from
breaking through fences, etc. Some animals are hit and wounded or killed by
cars as they flee.
PETA encourages everyone to take
the following precautions in order to ensure the comfort and safety of their
For more information,
please visit PETA.org or click
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