Wednesday, January 26, 2022

"Mrs. Faeser now has it in her hand" – More than half a million signatures for firecracker ban

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An action alliance continues to mobilize against the ban on fireworks. A petition is intended to increase the pressure on Interior Minister Faeser. A ban makes sense for a number of reasons.

Clean air, fewer injuries, more peace for animals: an action alliance has collected more than half a million signatures for a ban on firecrackers in Germany. The sales ban in the past two years has already shown initial success, according to the federal director of the German Environmental Aid (DUH), Jürgen Resch, in a statement on Friday. In addition to the DUH, the alliance also includes the Four Paws Foundation, doctors’ representatives and the police union (GdP).

The alliance’s demand is to permanently ban the sale and use of firecrackers and rockets on New Year’s Eve. “Mrs. Faeser now has that in her hands. She can create the legal basis for a complete ban on private pyrotechnics throughout Germany,” Resch appealed to the Federal Minister of the Interior and SPD politician.

According to figures from the Tasso association, more than 450 dogs escaped nationwide at the turn of the year from 2021 to 2022. “That’s many times more than on average days. These panicked pets represent only a fraction of all pet, wild and so-called farm animals,” said Mike Ruckelshaus of the animal welfare organization, which is also part of the alliance.

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