A horse owner in Nova Scotia is calling for a fireworks ban for consumers after spending another New Years Eve trying to keep his animals calm.
“It’s not uncommon for us to stand in the field or in the barn with them on New Years Eve, waiting for the fireworks to go out, hoping that something horrible doesn’t happen. “said Pam Levy. Global news morning.
Levy, from Middle Musquodoboit, NS, started a Facebook group called Ban private fireworks in Nova Scotia, as well as a petition, after hearing the story of a CBC covered horse in Canning, Nova Scotia, which was scared of the noise, ran away, got injured and had to be euthanasia.
“I started the Facebook group thinking that if I could get 10 or 15 people to support me, maybe we could make some kind of change,” she said.
“The Facebook group just exploded, I started the petition from that.”
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Since then she has received an “overwhelming response”, with over 4,000 signatures on the petition from Monday morning.
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The petition says the sound of fireworks can be dangerous to domestic and wild animals, as their noise can cause them to “blindly flee”.
“Additionally, the sound of fireworks can have a long-term negative impact on people with mental health disorders such as PTSD, as well as people with autism,” he said.
Levy said the group has suffered some setback from people saying they can do whatever they want on their own property.
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“I believe people should do the things they love, to the point where it starts to hurt others,” she said.
“They aren’t interested in how bad their 15 minutes of fun might be.”
Levy said she and others in the group had started a letter-writing campaign, in which they wrote letters to their MPs calling for a ban on consumer fireworks.
The idea of banning or restricting fireworks has attracted increasing interest in recent years.
At the municipal level, the Halifax Regional Council considered using “silent fireworks” for fireworks displays, but that idea was scrapped over the summer.
Meanwhile, Vancouver has banned the sale of fireworks to consumers in late 2020, with a fine of up to $ 1,000 for those who do not obey.
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