With the New Year fast approaching, an animal rights and welfare group and an environmental group joined forces on Saturday to remind Filipinos on how they could do their share in making the celebration of the coming year lucky and enjoyable for their pets.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and EcoWaste Coalition said that the public should show mercy to animals which are silently suffering from all the noise coming from the firecrackers and fireworks being lit during the New Year revelry.
“Our four-legged friends, particularly cats and dogs, suffer in silence as firecrackers and fireworks of varying intensity are ignited in the belief that such practice can shoo away bad luck and pull in good energy and fortune,” PAWS Executive Director Anna Cabrera said.
“Cats and dogs are specially gifted with acute sense of hearing. Pyrotechnic explosions can cause acoustic trauma to animals that humans often take no notice of,” she added.
The animal rights and welfare group said that pets could likely suffer from appetite loss, upset stomach and confused sense of direction due to the deafening noise.