Fireworks fad causing plenty pain
The not so gradual increase in the need for fireworks to celebrate every occasion is outrageous.
In Trinidad and Tobago today, what people need more than anything is the opportunity to live a peaceful life.
With loud cars, music blasting, dogs barking, gunshots in some areas, some people get no peace.
And then on our 50th anniversary of Independence, a "time of reflection", we sit in our homes, with our dogs, some of whom are huddled in fear.
Reflection is impossible as we are bombarded by loud explosions set off by neighbours, hours after the official barrage is over.
This year there were not only the customary fireworks displays on Independence night.
On several preceding nights other events were accompanied by fireworks displays.
One of these was allowed to take place within 200 to 300 yards of the Animal Shelter at Mucurapo. This bombardment was terrifying for the animals housed there.
After all these celebrations, the noise will continue through to Christmas and the New Year. Then of course there is Carnival.
Many animals will suffer and the animal welfare organisations will be overwhelmed with requests to take in lost and injured dogs.
Why is it acceptable to find enjoyment in things that cause so much distress to others—both humans and animals?
Why do we waste our valuable funds paying for goods that we then set fire to?
I think it is time to reflect on this and reconsider our approach to celebration.
Animal Welfare Network