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June 17, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Santa Monica, Calif. – Following complaints that The Seashore Membership in Santa Monica plans to set off fireworks on July 2 regardless of the town’s fireworks ban and with out alerting the general public prematurely—elevating the danger that unsuspecting animal guardians and susceptible people could possibly be caught off guard by the explosions—PETA despatched a letter to the membership’s supervisor this morning urging her to halt the present instantly or go for a far quieter laser-light or drone present as a substitute.
Fireworks—that are distressing to animals, kids, veterans, the aged, and different noise-sensitive people—are unlawful in Santa Monica, however the membership has skirted the ban by acquiring a allow in Los Angeles County, the place its parking zone is. Final 12 months, a Santa Monica fireworks show contributed to the loss of life of an area canine named Darwin, who acquired spooked by the fireworks whereas on a stroll, pulled her leash out of her guardian’s hand, and ran onto the Pacific Coast Freeway, the place she was hit by a automotive.
“The booms and blasts of fireworks can drive terrified canines away from their guardians, scare wildlife out of their nests, spew poisonous particles, and solid veterans’ minds again to the worst days of conflict,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is asking on The Seashore Membership to be a great neighbor and change the pyrotechnics with a present everybody can get pleasure from.”
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals are usually not ours to abuse in any manner”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to The Seashore Membership follows.
June 17, 2022
The Seashore Membership
Pricey Ms. Yu:
I’m writing on behalf of Individuals for the Moral Remedy of Animals U.S.—PETA entities have greater than 9 million members and supporters globally, together with tens of 1000’s in your space, and PETA U.S. is the most important animal rights group on the planet—in response to complaints we’ve acquired in regards to the Independence Day fireworks show at The Seashore Membership. We strongly urge you to abstain from launching any fireworks shows with a view to permit noise-sensitive animals, kids, veterans, and aged folks in your neighborhood to expertise a quieter, cleaner, and fewer tense Independence Day. Might I clarify?
Fireworks are bombs bursting in air to canines, who frantically attempt to escape the chaos by climbing, breaking, or digging their manner out of wherever they’re—leading to elevated intakes at animal shelters, maxing out their capability and additional straining neighborhood sources. Those that arrive at animal shelters usually have bloody paws or damaged bones, and plenty of are by no means reunited with their households. Others are doomed to a worse destiny—hit by automobiles or strangled when their collars develop into caught on fences that they tried to clamber over. In a current occasion in Santa Monica, a canine named Darwin acquired spooked by fireworks whereas on a stroll—terrified by the explosions, she ran away from her guardian, resulting in a hit-and-run accident, after which she sadly died. In gentle of the ban on fireworks in your metropolis, residents might not be conscious of and ready to your show, so we urge you to prioritize the well being and security of all members of your neighborhood by canceling any potential fireworks reveals.
As it’s possible you’ll know, loud fireworks shows trigger an excessive amount of stress, anxiousness, and concern in wildlife. Birds startled by fireworks have deserted their nests and crashed into properties, home windows, and one another. In a single occasion, greater than 5,000 lifeless or dying red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky throughout a fireworks show in Beebe, Arkansas. Fireworks additionally produce smoke and mud laden with poisonous particles which are dangerous to the respiratory programs of people and different animals.
For the sake of wildlife, companion animals, company, and residents of Santa Monica, we hope you’ll abstain from presenting extra fireworks reveals and take into account as a substitute substituting drone or laser reveals, that are safer, produce just about no air air pollution, and are rising in reputation. Thanks to your consideration. We sit up for listening to from you.
Very really yours,
cc: Lera Van Straatum, Assistant Basic Supervisor, The Seashore Membership