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PETA Pushes for Drone Light Shows over Fireworks for 4th of July

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PETA Pushes for Drone Light Shows over Fireworks for 4th of July


It seems drones are now being recommended as the preferred choice over conventional fireworks during celebrations. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) whose motto reads-“animals are not ours to abuse in any way”- sent a letter to Mayor of Trenton Kyle Stack who was starting a fund raising event  for the fireworks show planned for 4th of July.

PETA requested  that the mayor forgo the fireworks and instead celebrate Independence Day with drone shows, special-effects pyrotechnics, or other quiet but exciting and colourful displays that won’t cause injuries, panic, or disruption.

Pointing out that animal shelters report a spike in the number of lost dogs as a result of loud fireworks displays and that the high decibel levels also scares wild animals onto roads, where they can be injured or killed, PETA recommended drone use stressing that the damage isn’t just limited to animals, either: Veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder often find the loud noise of the explosives upsetting.

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk says, “Drone shows are quiet, safe, practically pollution-free, and so popular that they’ve popped up everywhere from Disney World to the Olympics. PETA is offering to kick off a funding drive to help Trenton switch to dazzling Fourth of July displays that are safe for everyone, including wildlife, companion animals, and other vulnerable residents.”

Excerpts frm PETA’s letter to Trenton Mayor Stack:

“Would you please consider cancelling the fireworks display that you’re raising funds for and substituting drone shows or other alternatives to conventional fireworks for your Independence Day display?

Drone shows are quiet, safer, and produce virtually no air pollution, and they’re growing in popularity. You may have seen them featured at Disney World’s Starbright Holidays show, the New Year’s Eve celebration over Sydney Harbour, the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and this past Fourth of July at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, among other places. Other communities—including Banff, AlbertaCarefree, Arizona; and, at the behest of PETA, Costa Mesa, California—have implemented other ways to celebrate, such as special-effects pyrotechnics, which produce dazzling displays without high-decibel explosions.

By eliminating conventional fireworks, Trenton would allow everyone to enjoy an Independence Day celebration. If you agree, we’ll chip in to your fundraising efforts. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your consideration.”

Drone shows if used as an alternative to fireworks and firecrackers globally will not only save living species from noise pollution; the replacement will also help reduce pollution in the atmosphere allowing us to breathe purer air.

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Cite this article as: Phillip Smith, "PETA Pushes for Drone Light Shows over Fireworks for 4th of July," in, April 23, 2019,

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