Tragic and senseless loss

From one of our members in Wales…..

So very sad. We lost our loyal and beloved Bella last night. She died because of the  New Years fireworks in our village. She was in the house with my son, TV was on full volume, curtains closed. We knew she hated fireworks, but not enough to sedate her,  so I thought. This time, as soon as she heard the fireworks she first hid behind the TV and then she came out and fell down by my son’s side and was dead.

He phoned me at 12.08 am, I ran home nothing could be done, she had no symptoms of heart problems, she was running in the field at 6.30pm happy as usual.

We are devastated to have lost her in this frightening way. Such a shame and it was all because of fireworks.

Bella was only 5yrs old and was a lifeline for my son who suffers from depression, his best friend.

I am hoping all fireworks will be banned or even if they used ones with less noise, it would help our beloved pets.       … Ann

Beautiful, loyal, trustworthy, fun, happy Bella.  Someones best friend……

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SIGN HERE please to help FAB stop random fireworks. Read our HOME PAGE to see what we are about…

Please report every incidence of fireworks you hear on our FIREWORK LOG. We are collecting data to prove to the government that random fireworks do occur……They insist fireworks are mostly limited to traditional dates already. We know that is not the case.

Please WRITE TO YOUR MP and let them know how you feel.. If you don’t tell them they will continue to deny the problem.

FAB are asking the government to restrict public USE of fireworks to traditional dates. That works out about 10 days a year. So you can still have them in your gardens around Guy Fawkes and New Year, Diwali and Chinese New Year.. There will still be displays and fireworks competitions as there are now, just no random unexpected fireworks to frighten people and animals.

#fabuk

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Hull, a shameless waste of money.

A story from one of our members. If you have a story, please send it in to us.

Thank you ,   Julie

So Hull has been named City of Culture 2017 and because of this has 2 barges on the River Humber filled to the brim with fireworks. The ‘show’ starts aptly enough at 20.17 and has over 15,000 fireworks. How a city that has numerous rough sleepers, high unemployment, drug abuse and elderly people struggling to survive thinks that culture starts with fireworks is beyond me. There is nothing cultural about fireworks and I believe the city has missed a trick by going down the same old route of fireworks. They really could have stood out from the normal city of culture recipients and made a difference to the people of Hull by spending the money in other areas. I appreciate that they want/need to bring people to the city, but come January 20th who is going to visit on the back of a long gone firework display. The winners are once again the retailers and the display company Titanium who have been employed. Tellingly I have haven’t had an answer to my request on how much this firework display has cost Hull City Council. Disappointment, anger, and disgust are my uppermost emotions, Hull had a chance to lead the way forward but buried its head into the same old ways of celebrating. Showcasing local talent, looking after the vulnerable and being proud to do so would bring the whole ‘City of Culture’ farce into the 21st century and show the United Kingdom the real Hull, the real people and the true meaning behind being awarded this ‘accolade’. I am hoping that the distance of 10 miles will be enough to not suffer from the display, as I and my Golden Retriever have really had quite enough of fireworks this week already. Just need to add that Hull also had 2 firework shows yesterday to welcome in the New Year, so by my reckoning if there wasn’t another firework sold for the next 6 months – Hull on its own has kept this business going. Those of you who are my friends on FB will have seen the post on my personal page yesterday, I will reiterate it here. How many animals will be injured tonight as they run in fear from fireworks ? Fireworks – the 21st century’s new bloodsport, no boundaries or class required. Just £30 and a visit to a supermarket and you too can destroy lives. Stand up and make your signature count – Just imagine the destruction that 15,000 fireworks will have on the animals in the surrounding area.

SIGN HERE please to help FAB stop random fireworks. Read our HOME PAGE to see what we are about…

Please report every incidence of fireworks you hear on our FIREWORK LOG. We are collecting data to prove to the government that random fireworks do occur……They insist fireworks are mostly limited to traditional dates already. We know that is not the case.

Please WRITE TO YOUR MP and let them know how you feel.. If you don’t tell them they will continue to deny the problem.

FAB are asking the government to restrict public USE of fireworks to traditional dates. That works out about 10 days a year. So you can still have them in your gardens around Guy Fawkes and New Year, Diwali and Chinese New Year.. There will still be displays and fireworks competitions as there are now, just no random unexpected fireworks to frighten people and animals.

#fabuk

You were my best friend….

This is why fireworks should be banned from public sale. Please keep Sharing Shiloh’s legacy and the petition link below before more humans and animals are maimed or killed. The government need to know will not give up.
Us Humans aren’t the only ones to suffer the loss of Shiloh. His best friend of 2 years will also be feeling his loss. Ryan has been turned out with the rest of the herd now and seems to enjoy bossing them about. But who knows what’s going on in his head 😔 he watched his soul mate die in front of his eyes. 😢 He’s not the same as he was that’s for sure, but then again, neither are we 💔
This is Ryan and Shiloh over the 2 years they spent together, I hope you enjoy watching the memories. Music: Queen ‘Your my best friend’ Please continue to sign the petition thank you xxx 👇🏽
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/168663…

Upsetting for children

The Human Touch

It appears that we are all animal lovers on this group and page which is fantastic, but I feel that we are missing the human angle on the distress that fireworks cause. There are many illnesses and conditions made worse by random fireworks. Illness in whatever guise is not as easy to share as the cute cuddly lost dog photos, not as ugly to see as the death and damage done to our animals. There is a huge section of society that huddles behind closed doors during the winter months because of fireworks.

One of our members has written this about her son, he is normally a happy, healthy and top of the class little boy but random fireworks affect him. I will not include the photograph as I don’t want to violate his privacy. Please consider stepping forward to tell your story help us open those doors for those who think they are coping alone.

From MJ
I appreciate that animals suffer horrendously during “firework season”, and I feel it is wrong that any adult can buy fireworks to set off. The surprise element means that animals cannot be prepared i.e. sedated/taken from the area, and the stress caused to animals and their owners is horrendous.
From a personal point of view, our son (9) has very sensitive hearing & even using ear defenders, he can get distressed & upset by random fireworks. It has to be regulated more! Restrict sales to smaller time frames, or to professional displays only!

Story of a panic attack sufferer

So fireworks only affect animals? This is just an excerpt taken from a statement sent to me earlier this year.

27/02/2016 17:30PM ish-19:40PM ish. Constant loud bangs that never stopped. No notice or expectation. Had major panic attack(s), wanted to hurt and kill myself, couldn’t stop hyperventilating or shaking. Still can’t stop. Can’t walk for the disorientation. Head and mind shattered. Feels like I am drowning. Can’t calm down and won’t be able to for a long time now. Will now have a panic attack at every noise and be terrified for weeks every day when the sky darkens to night. Beyond sick of suffering because of other people.

If the person had known to expect fireworks on the 27th February maybe they would not have been so distressed. If you care about how fireworks affect people in your community share this story and make people aware of the impact random fireworks have on people.

A rape survivor’s account

So Fireworks only affect animals ? This lady begs to differ.

Please share her story far and wide on Facebook – The wider community is unaware of how distressing random fireworks are to people. Don’t just use the emojis – share – takes no more time than giving a thumbs up or a teary face. This lady has faced her demons for us – at least give her story the recognition it deserves.
It has been said and mocked by those who love fireworks that victims of rape should get over it, it has nothing to do with fireworks. I beg to differ, anyone who has had a traumatic event in their life can succumb to PTSD. I am talking about ordinary people not military who suffer with COMBAT PTSD. How does it affect me and my life? The noise of fireworks brings back memories, the sound of glass breaking, of thudding steps. Imagine being laid in the safety of your own bed in your own home and hearing that. What followed changed my life and how I looked at myself – but as part of surviving rape I adapted to the new me. What I cannot adapt to is laying in my bed, in my house and hearing fireworks – the memories they bring with them prevent me sleeping, take me back to a time of real fear for my life. I am on high alert and sleep is the enemy – my heart races, I feel sick – the fight or flight within me fights for dominance. Then another firework goes off and the little bit of self-control I have disappears. This goes on for nights, the lack of sleep affects my depression and I spiral further down. I know people tell me oh it’s because of the nights’ drawing in and I let them believe that – it’s easier than explaining to someone who doesn’t know why. When I hear fireworks on 5th November and New Years’ Eve I know what it is, it doesn’t stop the absolute panic, but I am able to reason with myself and take the diazepam. But in the corner of my mind……