Peta Offers Tips for Keeping Cats and Dogs Safe During Diwali

For Immediate Release:

4 November 2015


Jennifer White +44 (0)20 78376327, ext 222; [email protected]


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London – For humans, Diwali is a fun festival involving lights, noise and a message of unity and love. But to other living beings, the thunderous Diwali firework celebrations can make it seem as if the heavens are falling.

Every year, countless animal companions disappear after Diwali firework displays send them running for their lives. Terrified animals who flee the traumatising barrage of explosions often become disoriented and can’t find their way back home. To make matters worse, some misguided people cruelly clip firecrackers to animals’ bodies, causing them serious injury or even death.

This Diwali, PETA urges everyone to make sure that the festivities are enjoyable for all living beings by taking the following steps:

  • Keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are going off, and if possible, stay with them.
  • Close your windows and curtains and turn on a radio or TV to help drown out the noise.
  • Make sure that your animal companion is microchipped and wearing a collar with an updated identification tag.
  • Be on the lookout for people who tie firecrackers to the tails of dogs and other animals, and report problems to the police.
  • Whenever possible, discourage people from setting off very loud firecrackers – animals have far more sensitive hearing than humans do.
  • Keep an eye out for lost animal companions, and look after them until their guardians can be found.
  • Instead of setting off dangerous, ear-splitting fireworks, light up your house with candles, lamps and other decorative ornaments that’ll preserve everyone’s hearing.

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