Investigation ... 16 captive birds killed due to firework display:
Ban the Bang! have been informed from
a reliable source that 16 birds died at a falconry centre in 2005
due to a firework display taking place just outside its perimiter.
We will add more details after a fuller investigation at a later
display held inside an animal park ... Yes, we didn't believe it
ourselves at first.
Ban The Bang pressure cancels display ... Here is an important statement:
The protest began in October 2006
when a Ban The Bang voter alerted us of an event in Beale (Animal
and Wildlife) Park, Reading in Berkshire, and at first we thought
we were being wound up. It seemed completely unfeasible that a loud
firework display was to be held inside an area full of captive animals.
But alas, it turned out to be true.
We wrote a polite letter to the park explaining to them that an
establishment in charge of hundreds of animals presenting a loud
aerial firework display is a grossly irresponsible activity, and
sends out an entirely inappropriate message to the public, as well
as obviously causing stress to their animals and birds. We also
politely suggested that they at least switch their display arrangements
in favour of responsible, peaceful fireworks (no-noise, low level).
A "peaceful" display would also send out the appropriate message
and therefore educate their visitors as well as their own staff
about the use of fireworks around animals. Of course, we never received
a reply from Beale Park and neither a reply to a second polite letter
that mentioned we would be informing our voters of the situation.
Thereafter, the voters and the wonders of the web grapevine steered
the events that followed. Beale Park simply switched of their email
and ignored the mails of complaint from ordinary, law abiding people.
Then, Beale Park announced the cancellation
of their display.
However, judging by the wording on Beale Park's website regarding
the cancellation, they did, and probably still misunderstand the
gravity of their actions; the inappropriateness of holding a firework
display within the confines of an animal park - or indeed anywhere
The reason they cancelled was not because they woke-up to common-sense
regarding the safety of the animals and birds - Instead, they said
they had cancelled because they are "not in a position to guarantee
the safety of those attending the event". In other words they were
suggesting that protesters may cause spectators physical harm.
This was of course an offensive, sweeping accusation, since it is
a majority of ordinary, peaceful people who are actually opposing
such irresponsible displays - mothers, fathers, children, doctors,
teachers, lawyers, the elderly, business professionals and numerous
upstanding citizens from all walks of life. But to justify their
decision, Beale Park conjured up visions of raging animal rights
militants attacking their customers. It seems the park was deliberately
trying to initiate a media fuelled counter-attack on the well-meaning
actions of thousands of ordinary people.
The tone of their announcement, and the despicable way they spun
their PR with the local media only showed that they are intent on
protecting their own pride and profits rather than their animals.
By also suggesting police involvement via the parochial mentality
of local news reports, such arrogance also stirs up negative reactions
towards peaceful campaigns and law-abiding individual's concerned
for animal welfare. At the same time, this puts caring, law-abiding
organizations into disrepute, being those they should in fact be
If however there are any animal groups
or individuals who have threatened Beale Park with active violence,
either at that time or in the future etc, then Ban the Bang wishes
to make it clearly known that it has absolutely no connection with
such parties, and that all our correspondence with Beale Park has
been polite but firm.
Beale Park delivers corporate-style
hogwash in their statement when justifying their firework display,
saying that they carefully monitor the species residing in their
park, based on the advice and experience of their dedicated team
of curators. Realistically and in plain language, all evidence
shows that animals actually suffer greatly from fireworks, even
a mile away from such huge events.
As they are refuting arguments about
the suffering of animals near fireworks, it intially appears that
Beale Park will attempt to pursue firework displays in the future,
and you are advised to keep an eye on their intentions each year.
In the meantime, Ban the Bang will continue our peaceful, non-threatening,
work. Our mission is to permanently remove the threat of fireworks
and air displays from zoos / animal parks and similar environmentally
sensitive areas, and will continue to campaign for what is purely
a common-sense restriction.
Thank you to all who have peacefully
supported us with this action.
Beale Park appear to have learnt their lesson, with no firework
display held there in 2007 and hopefully so far in 2008. Let's hope
that any other animal parks or indeed any firework displays near
animal enclosures take heed. Such thoughtless insensitivity will
not be tolerated by the more compassionate general public.
To put this absurd behaviour by any
animal park holding a firework display into clear perspective, in
a Czech zoo during early October 2006, three young giraffes died
when a power cut spooked them into a panic. As the lights flickered
on and off while power was attempted to be restored, the animals
thrashed back and forth, banging their heads until they died of
Now imagine what multiple flashes and ear-damaging bangs are doing
to animals in any zoo or wildlife park with fireworks (or even air
displays, which some others also put on).
The Born Free Foundation are also
liaising with us as regards inappropriate entertainment activities
being held at zoos and wildlife parks. If you know of any other
zoo or animal park holding a firework display (or air display) please
also inform them via this
Plus, inform Ban the Bang after voting
Ban the Bang! posters
can now download a choice of two posters. One in colour and one
in plain text. Ban the Bang! suggests that you print these out and
display them in veterinary practices, schools, colleges, riding
schools, animal rescue centers and similar places.
here for the poster page.
HERE - Read the proposals then vote to Ban The Public Sale
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