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BONFIRE FRIGHT

Revealing the impact of fireworks on our companions and wildlife

Remember, remember the 5th of November may be one of the best known English rhymes and it has stood the test of time, remaining intact for over three centuries. The rhyme relates, of course, to Guy Fawkes who was the mastermind behind the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 where Fawkes and his companions plotted to kill King James the First. His murderous plan famously failed and to celebrate his demise it became traditional to burn an effigy on Bonfire Night — hence you may see a stuffed ‘Guy’ on a bonfire on the 5th November. Over time, fireworks have also been introduced to represent the explosives which would have blown up The Houses of Parliament.

While fireworks can be marvellous to watch for us, they’re often nightmarish for our companion animals. Excruciatingly loud bangs, whizzes and fizzles are accompanied by bright flashes of light which illuminate the sky with unnatural colours and light; if you, as a child, were ever scared by thunder and lightning, you may be able to begin to understand how animals feel on fireworks night. The problem is that animals don’t know why all this noise is being created; is it a threat? It seems to be coming from every direction and with no discernible source, it is impossible to know which way to run.

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Welcome to our penultimate issue of 2017. November is a wonderful month and for someone who loves layers, it truly is the season to be jolly (too early to mention Christmas?). Multi-coloured leaves fall from the trees to rest on muddy, waterlogged fields and the winter wardrobe starts to emerge in all of its glory. As such, we have put together a vista of vegan-friendly clothes, shoes and accessorises perfect for the cruelty-free fashionista or as early Christmas presents (last reference, I promise). November this year is going to be particularly special for me as I’m getting married. I am relinquishing my last name, which I am sad to see go despite years of fish-related jokes, but you will have to wait for the December issue to see what it will change to! Preparing for the wedding has not been too stressful, as the ceremony is going to be very small, but whilst searching for rings I came across an issue I had not considered before. In this issue we explore the ethics of diamond mining including the damage to our increasingly fragile environments, the impact on animals whose habitats are destroyed by diamond mines and the dictatorship which profits from the activity. We have also heard some great news which we think you will be excited about. Three important places have been given Special Protection Area status which means that over 200,000 birds will be protected from human disturbance. Birds including the beloved Atlantic Puffin and Arctic Tern will now have safe feeding spaces which will be safeguarded for the future. This announcement is fantastic news for sea bird species, some of which have been in decline for several decades. Finally, this month on Bonfire Night some people will celebrate Guy Fawkes’ thwarted plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The loud bangs and whizzes paired with blinding flashes of light can cause anxiety and stress to companion animals and, therefore, we explore how we can help them to remain anxiety free.
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