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July 6, 2012
To: [Waterbury, Conn.]
From: David Perle
202-483-7382, ext. 2194; DavidP@peta.org
PETA Thanks Waterbury for Canceling Fourth of July Fireworks
Cats, Wildlife, Human Respiratory Systems, and City Budget All Benefit From
In response to Waterbury's decision to cancel this year's
Fourth of July fireworks display because of budgeting issues, PETA has sent a
letter—along with a box of animal cookies—to Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary to
thank him for the city's decision. In the letter, PETA explains that fireworks
displays can hurt humans; frighten dogs and cats, causing distress so severe
that some of them crash through windows or run for the hills; and harm
wildlife, including nesting birds. PETA encourages the mayor to hold
environmentally friendly, humane, and less costly celebrations in the future.
"To animals, fireworks really are 'bombs bursting in
air'—they're loud and threatening to wildlife as well as to dogs and
cats," says PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. "PETA hopes
Waterbury will consider making future festivities as animal-friendly as this
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
PETA's letter to Mayor Neil O'Leary follows.
The Honorable Neil M. O'Leary
Mayor of Waterbury, Conn.
1 page via fax: 203-574-6804
Dear Mayor O'Leary,
On behalf of People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 3 million members and
supporters, including thousands across Connecticut, thank you for skipping the
fireworks this Fourth of July. As evidence mounts about the dangers of
fireworks for people, dogs, cats, wildlife, and the environment, we ask that
you please seriously consider saving money and lives by abandoning this display
Animal shelters report an increase
in the number of lost dogs and cats following fireworks displays. Many animals
go missing because they panic and jump over fences or break their chains, and
some even jump through glass windows in order to get away from the terrifying
sounds. Besides being frightening, fireworks produce plumes of smoke that are
harmful to human respiratory systems and that pollute waterways. Just two
examples of places where these displays are especially dangerous include
Narrowsburg, New York—the "bald-eagle capital" of New York—which
canceled its longtime Fourth of July fireworks display this year over concerns
for the local bald-eagle population after many baby eagles fled their nests
last year, startled by the loud fireworks. Also last year, fireworks were
blamed for the deaths of thousands of birds in Arkansas. Such tragedies are not
limited to birds: Every year, Americans are injured or killed in fireworks
accidents, and toxic pollutants from fireworks displays can exacerbate asthma
and other health problems.
While some Waterbury residents may
have been disappointed to miss the show, hopefully the knowledge that animals,
the Earth, and people with asthma got a break will make them proud. I think
young people are especially happy to break with traditions that prove too
taxing on the citizenry and the environment.
Executive Vice President
P.S. As thank for skipping fireworks this year, we are
sending you some delicious vegan cookies for you and your staff to enjoy.
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