Usually large celebrations involve dancing, food and drink and sometimes fireworks. While us humans enjoy the sounds and sights of these colourful explosions, animals feel very differently about it.
The explosion that happens when a firework is set off can cause animals to have heart problems, nausea, tremors, debilitating fears and lightheadedness. It can also lead to “acoustic stress” as most animals’ ears are much more sensitive than humans.
Animals are confused as to where the loud foreign noise is coming from making them start run frantically away. Unfortunately this sometimes results in them being hit by a car or lost. Other animals may be too close to the explosion and receive burns or eye damage, or for the hens, they have a lower production in eggs.
The town of Collecchio in the province of Parma in Italy are doing something about it. The local government has introduced new legislation whereby people have to use silent fireworks as a way of respecting the animals and reducing the stress it causes them.
The company, Setti Fireworks makes these fireworks which include a spectacular light show but with no deafening sound to go with it. They design their fireworks to fit the venue and event that they will be used for.