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PETA's Open Letter to Lakewood Regarding Fireworks Show

Animal advocacy group pens letter to Lakewood, praising the administration's decision to cancel 4th of July fireworks show.

Editor's note: This letter was sent to Mayor Michael Summers, as well as local media outlets regarding the .

Dear Mayor Summers,

On behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 3 million members and supporters, including thousands across Ohio, thank you for skipping, albeit unintentionally, the fireworks this Fourth of July and for not rescheduling.

As evidence mounts about the dangers of fireworks for people, dogs, cats, wildlife, and the environment, we ask that you seriously consider saving money and lives by abandoning this display permanently.

Animal shelters report an increase in the number of lost dogs and cats following fireworks displays. Many animals go missing because they panic and jump over fences or break their chains, and some even jump through glass windows in order to get away from the terrifying sounds.

Besides being frightening, fireworks produce plumes of smoke that are harmful to human respiratory systems and that pollute waterways. Just two examples of places where these displays are especially dangerous include Narrowsburg, New York—the "bald-eagle capital" of New York—which canceled its longtime Fourth of July fireworks display this year over concerns for the local bald-eagle population after many baby eagles fled their nests last year, startled by the loud fireworks.

Also last year, fireworks were blamed for the deaths of thousands of birds in Arkansas. Such tragedies are not limited to birds: Every year, Americans are injured or killed in fireworks accidents, and toxic pollutants from fireworks displays can exacerbate asthma and other health problems.

While some Lakewood residents may have been disappointed to miss the show, hopefully the knowledge that animals, the Earth, and people with asthma got a break will make them proud. I think young people especially are happy to break with traditions that prove too taxing on the citizenry and the environment.

Sincerely yours,

Tracy Reiman

Executive Vice President

P.S. As a thank-you for skipping the fireworks this year, even though you didn't mean to, we are sending some delicious vegan cookies for you and your staff to enjoy.

Bea Trixi Clancy July 10, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Ohhhhhh....come on PETA you are taking this Way to far!!!! Protect from TRUE abuse and neglect and unjust laws..BUT fireworks????? I myself have four dogs I love and protect them...but fireworks?????? REALLY?
mittens July 12, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I"m actually happy that the money I give the city every year in taxes might possibly go towards something other than fake brick crosswalks, faux "olde-timey" street light posts and the once-yearly fireworks extravaganza put on so that knuckle-dragging flag-wavers can stare in awe at bright lights and loud noises while high-fiving over Skynyrd and Nuge songs. Maybe they can even re-pave Lakewood Heights west of Warren, since it's starting to look like the surface of the frigging moon. Or even pay somebody to find a tenant for the still-abandoned Rego's/Giant Eagle building on Detroit. Or, you know, just put up more signs that let everyone know where "downtown Lakewood" is. You might miss it, seeing as how it's a single intersection.
Dennis Spirgen July 13, 2012 at 09:48 PM
During his long life, my daughters' beloved cat Fella was responsible for killing innumerable mice, rats, butterflies, dragonflies, bats, chipmunks and squirrels, as well as two rabbits. He was clearly more dangerous to wildlife than Lakewood's fireworks. Do you suppose PETA would have supported putting him down?
Adam July 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM
considering cats are true carnivores and that's natural behavior for their species, I have a feeling they'd let it slide
Adam July 13, 2012 at 10:39 PM
one, humans are not obligate carnivores.. two, plants are not sentient beings and have no central nervous systems to feel pain.. three, I recommend all CAPS only if you want no one to take your comments seriously

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