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Fireworks harm and kill animals

Fireworks harm and kill animals

Fireworks have been proven to be detrimental to companion animals and wildlife

Using fireworks near animals is both cruel and inhumane as explosive fireworks cause animals immense fear and stress

Animals who are too close to firework explosions often suffer significant burns and eye damage

Dogs often run and catch thrown fireworks in their mouths believing them to be toys

The ears of most animals are considerably more sensitive than the human ear and fireworks can permanently affect their acute sense of hearing

Many animals are terrified of these noises and break free or jump fences to try and escape the terror

Animals fleeing from fireworks often get lost or killed. Dogs are prone to being hit by cars and birds are prone to breaking their necks by flying into buildings

A bull trying to escape his pen in response to a fireworks display died after becoming impaled on the fence

Dogs are brought to shelters with paws bloody from running or torn skin from tearing through a backyard wooden fence or, worse, crippled from being hit by a car

Most birds fly away in fright and nesting mothers endanger the well-being of nestlings when they sometimes cannot find their own nest upon return

Laying hens show extremely low egg production the day after fireworks and the eggs are often malformed (Dr. Ian Duncan, an ethologist at the University of Guelph, Ontario)

Waterfowl become entangled in remnants of fireworks that land in waterways and ponds

Fish ingest the debris and die, sometimes even causing the deaths of scavenging animals that eat them

After fireworks, wildlife rehabilitators experience an increase in orphaned birds, squirrels, and other small mammals.

Even butterflies are at direct risk of becoming disoriented, injured, and killed.

The combined responses to fireworks of panic and disorientation can result in birds' flying into a building or too far out to sea. (Dr. David Noakes, a zoologist at the University of Guelph, Ontario)

Sound from loud gunshots on snow geese found that the birds reduced their feeding time

In 1996, research demonstrated that hatchling and juvenile black ducks grew slower and had less body weight than black ducks living in low-noise areas

Zoo staff often express particular concerns for their animals' safety.

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