Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Over 5,000 animals die yearly during New Year's festivities

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Rome, December 27 - Animal rights group LAV said
on Thursday that every year approximately 5,000 animals
throughout Italy die from injuries and stress caused by loud
noises and firecrackers set off during New Year's Eve
celebrations.
The group has published guidelines for protecting pets and
launched an appeal for city officials to regulate the use of
fireworks in the city limits.
Explosions can cause domestic animals to "escape, flee
into traffic or die from heart attacks," said LAV's Ilaria
Innocenti.
Not only are pets susceptible, but wild animals and bird
are at risk of injury.
LAV recommends that animals not be left outside in gardens
or on balconies, especially not on a leash that puts them at
risk of strangulation.
The group also underlines the importance of making sure
animals can be identified with a microchip or marked collar in
case they escape.
"If pets go into hiding, leave them where they are and
don't disturb them," the group says.
For elderly or ill pets, make sure to have the number of
an emergency vet on hand.

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