Fireworks harm animals, human health, and pollute the environment: Campaign to limit the use of pyrotechnics
Despite indirect bans on pyrotechnics in many laws in the Czech Republic, the use of fireworks is a common sight in Prague and throughout the country. This escalates on December 31, when the firing of pyrotechnics continues into the New Year.
Companion animals such as cats and dogs react with fear, seeking shelter and even going into a state of shock. There is an increased risk of collisions between animals and vehicles as they attempt to flee. Wildlife also suffers; Birds flee in fear, putting them at risk of being hit with fragments of pyrotechnics, or causing them to hit solid obstacles or become tangled in electricity cables. Waterfowl can land disoriented and panic on a glistening road instead of water.
What can citizens do to prevent damage from pyrotechnics?
- Contact your municipality or city to ask for increased regulations and restrictions on fireworks in your area.
- Tell your representatives that you do not want them to pay or support the organisation of firework displays with public money.
- Contact the authorities if you witness the use of fireworks or the use of other pyrotechnics.
- Stay with your companion animals over New Year and at other times where pyrotechnics are likely to cause noise or disturbance, to help reduce stress.
Společnost pro zvířata has provided a number of resources to help citizens reach out to their local authorities to raise the profile of this matter.