Traditional Fireworks: Fun For Us But Horrifying For Other Animals

Traditional Fireworks: Fun For Us But Horrifying For Other Animals

Originally published: July 2, 2021

Many of us associate brilliant firework displays with times of fun, family and friends, and relaxation, but our animal companions and wild animals generally don’t feel the same way at all. Since most fireworks used are the the loud traditional variety, the explosions can mean terror. This goes for our animal companions, sometimes leading to their frenzied escapes from the safety of our homes and for wild animals who can get disoriented and flee straight into danger.

Since most people and governing boards responsible for holiday festivities don’t currently use noiseless fireworks, which are way less loud than traditional fireworks, this is the sad reality across much of the United States. Unfortunately, the loud noises from regular fireworks are often terrifying for our beloved animal companions. Every year during this holiday, there is an estimated 30% increase in lost animals around the country, as reported by animal control officers. The saddest part is that only about 14% are reunited with their loving families. That means that the majority of lost animals never make it home. This is a preventable tragedy.

Please consider urging your local community organizers to consider using noiseless fireworks next year.


Simple Fireworks Safety Tips for Animals

1. Keep your animals safe and secure inside your home: A frightened animal will jump over or dig under a fence to escape.

2. Close blinds and curtains to block bright bursts of fireworks: Leave a light on so your animal isn’t alone in the dark.

3. Play soothing music to help drown out the loud booms: Consider some calm piano music or your favorite yoga playlist. You can also create white noise by turning on a fan, air conditioner, or the TV. If there is a more soundproof part of the house, like the basement or an inner room, consider moving your animal there.

4. Update your animal’s information. No matter what day of the year, make sure your animal is microchipped and your address and phone number are current. Animals should also wear a collar with physical identification (their name and your phone number). If your animal is lost, these important safety precautions can help ensure they find their way home to you.

5. Understand that normally calm and well behaved animals can become spooked and irrational, and behave in ways you can’t predict.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday from everyone at In Defense of Animals!