Halloween is a special night for many, but I wish that the festivities would not include fireworks.
Here in Roberts Creek this year there were loud bangs that seemed to go on forever. Our dog really suffered, shaking, quivering and trying to escape the noise.
He is not alone – most pet owners will tell you about their distressed animals. Three years ago, our dog and I found a small lost dog down on the beach. After finding his owner we heard that the dog had run away because of the fireworks and had travelled all night along the beach.
What you may not think about is the effect on wild animals. Just check out Google and you will see links to numerous articles about the impact of fireworks on birds and the animals we have in our neighbourhoods.
So parents, you aren’t being good role models if you include fireworks in your parties for kids. And teachers, please tell your students what the effects are. Causing distress is not worth it.
Gillian Kydd, Roberts Creek