A small town in Italy has passed legislation requiring people to use only silent fireworks in displays and celebrations. The new measure is to ensure the wellbeing of dogs and other pets. The town of Collecchio in the province of Parma has decided that the welfare of its pets is more important than the sound of explosions that normally accompanies fireworks. The more sensitive hearing of animals causes them to develop a condition known as ‘acoustic stress’ that follows sudden and loud noises. The sounds and smoke created by fireworks can cause additional health problems in animals. Vets commonly report cases of nausea, tremors and increased anxiety in animals after a fireworks show.
Awareness of the potential problems created by the sound of fireworks is growing in Europe. Over the New Year, Germany banned fireworks near refugee shelters to minimise trauma experienced by refugees who had just fled war zones. Fireworks are also known to cause problems for war veterans. The explosions bring back painful memories of being in areas of conflict and can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, not everyone agrees with the idea of silent fireworks. Antonio Maldini said: “You need the booms, cracks and thunder. It’s an essential part of the fun.” He advised pet owners to keep animals indoors and keep all windows firmly closed.
- What did a small town in Italy pass?
- What did the town decide the welfare of pets was more important than?
- What is the name of the condition animals can get from loud noises?
- What else causes health problems for animals besides sounds?
- Who commonly reports cases of nausea in pets after fireworks shows?
- Which country banned fireworks displays near refugee camps?
- What did organisers want to minimize in refugees?
- What kind of memories can fireworks brink back in war veterans?
- What can fireworks trigger in war veterans?
- What did Antonio Maldini say should be firmly closed?
- What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘fireworks’?
- What do you think of fireworks?
- How unfair is it on animals to use fireworks?
- What do you think of the idea of silent fireworks?
- What do you know about noise pollution?
- Should all towns introduce the same law?
- What else should we do for the wellbeing of pets?
- What noises make you stressed?
- What other dangers are there with fireworks?
- What was the last fireworks display you saw like?
- How might refugees feel when they hear fireworks?
- How can we help war veterans with PTSD?
- Would you prefer to see: silent fireworks or loud ones?
- Where’s the best fireworks display in the world?
- Is noise an essential part of a fireworks display?
- Is it enough to keep pets indoors with the windows shut?
- What questions would you like to ask a fireworks display organiser?
STRESSFUL NOISES: Rank these with your teacher. Put the most stressful noises at the top.
- Cars hooting
- Music in supermarkets
- Video games
- Babies crying
- Other people’s headphones
- Electric tools
- Family members
TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below and try to recall how they were used in the text: