A Fireworks Show Is A HORROR Show For Animals
It's a fact. A fireworks show is a horror show for animals. I cannot count how many times I've had slightly different versions of the below (infuriating) conversation.
I love fireworks!
...And My Own (Verbal) Fireworks Display
I usually finish the above conversation with the following tirade:
"How is it appropriate to celebrate a special occasion by terrifying animals, just for the childish whim of seeing multi-coloured lights in the sky? If we are responsible, mature beings we can surely find other ways of celebrating that don't frighten every other creature with whom we are supposed to be sharing this planet!"
Keeping Your Dog Safe During The Nightmare
Unfortunately, until the majority of people realise that fireworks shows are not worth the fear they cause to other animals, they'll remain a terrible reality. So on evenings when you know there will be fireworks, LOCK YOUR ANIMALS IN THE HOUSE, as even the sturdiest fencing won't stop an animal out of her mind with terror.
Making The Right Decision
Make no mistake: a fireworks show IS a horror show for animals, so when deciding whether or not you'll watching a fireworks show (either on TV or in person), give a thought to the animals.
Animals become scared out of their minds when they hear fireworks, so seriously ask yourself: is it worth terrifying all the animals within earshot just so that you can be entertained by bright lights in the sky?
I don't think it is, and I hope you agree.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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