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AS JSC supports fireworks ban in residential areas...
Sinanan: My horse ran from Manzan to Mayaro
Chairman of the T&T Veter-
inary Association Dr Nicholas
Mackenzie and the chairman of
the Animal Welfare Network,
Patricia Green, are in support
of a proposal to ban the use of
fireworks in residential districts
across the country.
The suggestion was made by the
chairman of the Joint Select Commit-
tee on Social Services and Public Ad-
ministration, Dr Dhanayshar Mahabir,
during yesterday's meeting at the ANR
Robinson Room, Parliament, Tower
D, International Waterfront Centre,
Wrightson Road, Port -of-Spain.
Mahabir said the Summary Offenc-
es Act provides for a $400 fine to be
imposed on anyone caught exploding
fireworks within 60 feet from the road
in a residential area.
He suggested that the distance be
increased to 120 feet. He said that
would effectively prohibit residents
from exploding fireworks in residen-
"Fireworks should not be allowed
to be deployed in residential areas," he
suggested. Mahabir said if the propos-
al was made law " it means, de facto,
no resident shall be able to explode
Mackenzie said he was in support
of the measure.
Earlier, he said the problem was the
indiscriminate use of fireworks in the
country, insisting that it should be
properly regulated. General Manag-
er, Legal, Compliance and Enforce-
ment at the Environmental Manage-
ment Authority (EMA), Gayatri Badri
Maharaj said the proposal may have a
positive impact but insisted that the
fine should also be increased. She
said the EMA was effectively the last
resort for dealing with the fireworks
problem. She insisted that the EMA
was willing to do all it could to assist
in addressing the problem.
Green said Mahabir's proposal may
discourage the indiscriminate use of
fireworks in the country. She insisted
that the fine for breaches should also
be significantly increased .
"A change in fine will be more use-
ful. The (existing) fines are ludicrous.
A small box of fireworks costs $400,"
She said there was a significant
increase in the indiscriminate use of
fireworks in communities from Divali
to New Year's Day as citizens celebrat-
ed specific occasions.
It was noted that there was not
a problem with the Independence
Day fireworks display at the Queen's
Park Savannah because there were no
houses with animals nearby.
She said in recent years there had
been a proliferation of pets being
injured as result of the fear cause by
Mackenzie said the animals, in-
cluding dogs and cats, suffer distress,
fear and anxiety when they try to es-
cape during fireworks explosions.
He said he was aware of "dogs that
have jumped 8 feet fences because of
fear alone," adding that "dogs by na-
ture are frightened of flight so they try
to survive. Dogs have jumped through
glass windows and have been severely
injured or even died" during fireworks
He explained that when fireworks
exploded a dog or cat was only focused
on taking evasive action.
He said: "It is just for survival so
there is no reasoning to what they do
when they try to escape."
He also said the animals suffered
as a result of fireworks related inju-
ries that were malicious such as cats
that have had fireworks strapped to
their heads or legs and similarly dogs,
iguanas and birds.
"It is absurd that we have a num-
ber of reports of malicious cruelty to
animals," he said.
Works and Transport Minister, Ro-
han Sinanan, proposed that a special
police unit be set up to ensure there
were no breaches of the noise pollu-
He also recalled his horse jumping
over an 8-foot fence and running from
Manzanilla to Mayaro after a fireworks
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