If any human being thinks it is in any way acceptable to stick an explosive to the head of a living creature and then call it fun, that human being doesn’t deserve to be called a human being, in my opinion.
This isn’t the first story of this nature I’ve had to report on over the fireworks season; in fact, amongst the writing team at The Hook, it isn’t event the second, third or fourth in recent weeks. One story that particularly melted my heart was that of 18-week-old black terrier puppy, Molly. Loud noises caused by fireworks around the Wombwell and lower Darfield area in South Yorkshire caused the young puppy so much distress that it spurred on a heart attack; a heart attack that killed her. Molly is pictured with her owner below.
For the majority of these stories, we’ve reported on how the loud noises made by fireworks have mentally affected certain animals. From what I’ve seen and reported on, they can cause fearful reactions, heart attacks and even death (it’s estimated that 45 percent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks, according to the RSPCA).
Now, I’m having to report on human beings actively using fireworks to kill living things. Thanks, humanity.
Police were made aware of the incident in Longton, Lancashire over the weekend. South Ribble Police made the following statement:
“We have been made aware of an incident in the Longton area in which a firework has been attached to the head of a hedgehog and set off.
“It comes with great sadness to say that due to this incident the hedgehog has had to be put down due to the extent of it injuries.
“We request that anyone who may have any information regarding this incident come forward.
“Please call 101 quoting log 1702 of the 8th November or report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Reading that actually makes me sick to my stomach.
Naturally, the news has sparked public outcry and added fuel to the fire of an already brewing nationwide debate: Should fireworks be banned in the UK? Many people took to the Facebook page of South Ribble Police to share their views on this debate. One Facebook user wrote:
“Fireworks should not be on sale to the general public, they really do need banning and put on sale for organised events only and low noise or silent ones at that. Hope you find the people responsible!!”
“Please surely it’s now time to ban the sale of fireworks to the general public. How many more animals will die as a result of this so called entertainment . This is only the ones that we hear of through social media; what ever is happening in this world to make humans so cruel. This country needs to bring back conscription this would hopefully teach people the value of life human and animal . And educate young people into becoming responsible adults for future generations.”
And this is all so we can look at some pretty lights in the sky.
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Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens. You can contact Ben at [email protected] Twitter: @PulsfordBen / Instagram: @thebenmidlerFollow