Cape of Good Hope SPCA Expresses Disappointment as High Court Dismisses Case Against V&A Waterfront Fireworks Display

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The Cape of Good Hope SPCA regrets to inform the public that its high court case seeking an interdict to halt the V&A Waterfront fireworks display has been dismissed. Consequently, the anticipated fireworks spectacle will proceed, posing a significant threat to the local wildlife, including endangered and protected species residing in the V&A Waterfront area.

This development has raised concerns about the welfare and well-being of the diverse range of wild animals and wild birds that inhabit the V&A Waterfront precinct. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA expresses deep disappointment over what is perceived as a disregard for the conservation status of these animals by the V&A Waterfront organizers.

Of particular concern are the threatened and protected species whose habitats are affected by the fireworks display. The potential impact on these animals raises ethical and conservation-related questions, emphasizing the need for responsible event planning and consideration for the natural environment.

In light of the impending fireworks display, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA urgently appeals to the public to take proactive measures to protect their animals at home. To ensure the safety and well-being of pets during this festive season, the organization offers the following tips:

1. Keep pets indoors: Create a safe and comfortable space for your pets inside your home to minimize their exposure to the sights and sounds of fireworks.
2. Provide a secure environment: Ensure that your pets have a secure place where they can retreat if they feel scared or stressed.
3. Use calming products: Consider using calming products, such as pheromone diffusers or calming sprays, to help alleviate anxiety in pets.
4. Consult a veterinarian: If your pet is particularly sensitive to fireworks, consult with a veterinarian to explore potential anxiety-relief options.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA remains committed to advocating for the welfare of animals and will continue to work towards fostering a compassionate and responsible community.


“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who at the best  knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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