PETA Urges Flamingo Land to Cancel Harmful Fireworks Displays
For Immediate Release:
27 October 2017
Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7923 6244; [email protected]
PETA URGES FLAMINGO LAND TO CANCEL HARMFUL FIREWORKS DISPLAYS
Group Urges Zoo to Ban Noisy Events for the Safety and Well-Being of Animals
Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire – After learning that Flamingo Land is planning to hold a fireworks display on Saturday, PETA rushed a letter to the zoo’s owner, Gordon Gibb, urging him to cancel the event and commit to not holding loud displays in the future.
“Flamingo Land has a responsibility for the safety and well-being of the animals at its facility,” writes PETA Campaigns Strategist Luke Steele. “Allowing the barrage of explosions that accompany fireworks displays – which would no doubt distress many of the animals – would not be in their best interests.”
In the letter, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that in addition to being traumatic for the animals in the zoo, the bangs from fireworks can scare and endanger nearby wildlife. And just this month, a horse in Harlow sustained a fatal injury when she bolted out of fear of the explosions. The stress isn’t limited to animals, either: noise-sensitive children, elderly people, veterans, and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can find the sound of the explosives disturbing.