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This Deepavali, spare a thought for your pets

Animal welfare organisations bat for celebrations in animal-friendly manner

With every Deepavali leaving a lot of pets in trauma due to the noise from fireworks, various animal welfare organisations, including the Humane Society International/India, have come forward urging the revellers to celebrate in an animal-friendly manner.

According to animal lovers, the ceaseless sound during Deepavali generates acute anxiety in animals and very often scared pets are forced to flee, some even getting burnt in the process. Every year animal shelters witness a huge inflow of runaway and lost pets.

“Deepavali is a festival of joy and lights but the noise from fireworks makes it very stressful and traumatic for animals. With increasing awareness on the ill effects of firecrackers on our environment, including animals, we must make Deepavali cruelty-free by saying ‘no’ to crackers,” says Sally Varma, outreach coordinator, HSI/India.

Animal experts say pets have a heightened sense of hearing causing them to go berserk and run in search of safety and the best option is to take precautions and keep them indoors in familiar surroundings.

They say people should also refrain from bursting crackers near an animal shelter or zoo as it will cause them distress.

Panic and fear

“Noise can cause panic and fear in animals. Pollution from burning firecrackers is also harmful to their health, so it is always safe to consult a veterinarian if the animals are prone to anxiety from loud noises and medicate with anti-anxiety relaxants,” she says.

Another group that requires help during the festival are stray dogs that always get burnt or injured in the ruckus.

“You can always leave injured stray dogs and lost pets in the nearest animal shelter,” says Neelima, an animal lover.

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Printable version | Feb 18, 2020 8:55:57 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/this-deepavali-spare-a-thought-for-your-pets/article29802043.ece

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