Fireworks are popular and widely used throughout the country. While many enjoy their flashing colors and booming sounds, the number of those who suffer from the effects is growing. In addition, companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife are particularly susceptible to the stress-inducing effects of fireworks, whether they are in homes, barns or in the wild. Fireworks also generate significant amounts of particulate matter and environmental pollution.
Tethered or confined animals have no way to escape the noise. For wild animals, which are highly sensitive to potential danger, loud fireworks can be life-threatening because they often trigger a flight response, depleting valuable energy reserves. When startled, domestic and wild animals can cause accidents leading to human and animal injury. Furthermore, fireworks are often the reason for devastating fires that can be fatal to animals trapped in barns and stables.
It is also important to bear in mind that animals generally have a wider hearing range and can therefore pick up more frequencies than humans, so firework noises can be extremely stressful for animals.