Dogs, cats and other household pets also suffer from the deafening noise of firecrackers.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the EcoWaste Coalition on Saturday condemned the “acoustical violence” inflicted on pets and stray animals during the revelry to welcome the new year.
The two groups asked the public “to have mercy on animals who suffer a lot from the deafening sounds of firecrackers and fireworks.”
“Our four-legged friends, particularly cats and dogs, suffer in silence as firecrackers and fireworks of varying intensity are ignited in the belief that such practice can shoo away bad luck and pull in good energy and fortune,” said Anna Cabrera, PAWS executive director.
Cabrera pointed out that “cats and dogs are specially gifted with acute sense of hearing. Pyrotechnic explosions can cause acoustic trauma to animals that humans often take no notice of.”
She added that the traumatic exposure to ear-splitting sounds and noxious fumes can stress animals and cause appetite loss, upset stomach and confused sense of direction.
EcoWaste Coalition coordinator Aileen Lucero echoed Cabrera’s call.
“We appeal to all New Year revelers to be wary of the safety and well-being of our animal friends and to act compassionately by not lighting firecrackers and fireworks, which are damaging to human, animal and ecosystem health.”
To make the revelry less traumatic to animals, the two groups urged families to make their households a “no firecracker”zone; ask neighbors not to light or throw firecrackers; exercise pets during the days leading up to the New Year’s Eve and after the smoke has cleared; give pets a physical outlet for their pent up energy due to arousal and stress; provide pet a temporary refuge such as a quiet bedroom; play relaxing music to neutralize the noise from the outside.