Inhumane, inconsiderate, cruel and heartless—that’s the only way I can describe those responsible for terrorising the animals at the Emperor Valley Zoo with the fireworks noise on Independence night. Why does anyone think it’s a good idea to frighten poor, defenceless animals?

I enjoy a good fireworks display as much as the next person, but draw the line when it causes suffering to others, especially animals and the elderly. If people wish to deafen themselves by “standing next to the speaker box”, that’s their choice. But, for heaven’s sake, have a heart for those unfortunate, vulnerable creatures who have no option but to stand there and wilt under the incessant bombardment to their senses.

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