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Firework menace completely un-policed

By johnboy - 4 June 2009 69

The Canberra Times has been digging for records on the numbers of firework miscreants getting punished for misusing black powder fun.

And it turns out there aren’t any.

    “The Office of Regulatory Services says its records, which aren’t exhaustive, show no fines were issued last year or over the past few years.”

That’s one hell of a menace to society which must be banned.

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Holden Caulfield 9:51 pm 08 Jun 09

sepi said :

Why can loud music go to 11pm and planes can go all night, yet fireworks have to stop after dinner.

Well, it’d be nice if they did.

I went to bed after the Socceroos game on Sunday morning. I heard two crackers go off in the time it took me to walk from my lounge to my bedroom.

It was 4:30am.

mutley 1:40 pm 08 Jun 09

WMC + 1

sepi 1:39 pm 08 Jun 09

I don’t really see why fireworks have to finish by 9.30 either. It seems pretty early.

Why can loud music go to 11pm and planes can go all night, yet fireworks have to stop after dinner.

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:10 pm 08 Jun 09

Could somebody explain to me how “right to have dog never ever temporarily upset by anything” > “everybody else’s right to let off fireworks a couple of days a year”? My cats are terrified of trucks. Shall I call for a ban on two-tonners in suburban streets? What do you do with these precious, feeble canines when there’s a thunderstorm? How do your rights outweigh those of dog owners with more robust animals who are perfectly fine with fireworks?

TP 3000 10:26 am 08 Jun 09

How do we know if those that do illegally use fireworks aren’t the ones that are trying to ban them in the first place? As if there is no evidence of illegal use, then they don’t really have a case for the ban.

Plus everyone says that dogs get terrified by crackers & it makes them run off. Well the last few nights my dog has been happy to sit outside while our neighbors let crackers off & just watch the bright lights & big bangs. But then again once when a crack of lightning hit 2 houses from us & the resulting thunder shock the house, he wasn’t scared either.

ant 9:15 am 08 Jun 09

+1 to Dougal’s words. I’m glad my dogs don’t seem affected by crackers, although I think the terrier gets scared, but she’s not here. Last night around 10-ish I took the chihuahuas outside for their ablutions before bed, and the neighbours suddenly commenced world war III (this is NSW, btw), but the dogs took it quite well. Put their ears up and sniffed but that was it.

For some reason, crackers seem particularly attractive to people with nasty attitudes to those around them. Giving such people yet another way to impose themselves on others clearly isn’t a good idea. If the rest of the country has banned them, that does indicate that enough people were over crackers for that to happen.

Davo111 3:16 am 08 Jun 09

i think we should just ban having pets all together.

“4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
By providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal’s own kind”

Are you breaking your own rule by not allowing them to hunt in the wild with other animals of their own species?

shame, shame on you.

Dougal 1:04 am 08 Jun 09

@ futto #41 – What a sad life you must have, living in Canberra so you can go all slack-jawed at some bangs and flashes one weekend a year. Perhaps while twiddling your thumbs in anticipation of the next round of fireworks you can look up the meaning of ‘fascism’

@ willo # 45 – I am sure that many people lack adequate fencing. I am also sure that people can secure their yard 363 days of the year, but cracker weekend is a whole new ball game.

@ ahappychappy #51 – Your dog is deaf I presume? I KNOW when to put my dog inside but unfortunately I don’t KNOW when random crackers will go off. My dog has an uncanny knack of being able to hear things through windows. Would you change your tune if you had to watch your dog suffer?

@ jakez # 52 “I’m about to start donating money/time to ACT Resue & Foster. I no longer support RSPCA (beyond acknowledging them as a potential pet source) as they are an organisation that actively works against freedom”.

Are you serious? The whole basis of that organisation is about protecting the five freedoms for animals (and if you don’t know what they are:

The five freedoms for animals
1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
By ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour

2. Freedom from Discomfort
By providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area

3. Freedom from Pain, Injury and Disease
By prevention through rapid diagnosis and treatment

4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
By providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal’s own kind

5. Freedom from Fear and Distress
By ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering)

What freedom of yours are they working against? I’d love you to back up that comment because it pisses me off when people have a go at charities that shouldn’t even have to exist but for the d***heads in our society that make them necessary.

“I have recently come to the conclusion that sedating of animals is a rightful cost of pet ownership”.

Do you have any idea of the amount of medication that you have to put into a dog to sedate it? It’s not about cost, it’s about not giving my dog a dose of drugs that would land a human in hospital. Would you do it to your kids???

“Is this enough for me to have my freedom back or do I need to drop my pants for further inspection first?”

What about everybody else’s freedom? Fireworks are not a right, they are a privilege that people abuse year after year after year. They bother more people than they amuse, they are STILL GOING OFF RIGHT NOW because people don’t recognise that other people have a life outside of cracker night.

If it would help you understand, I am willing to visit you and honk my horn incessantly at odd times for odd lengths of time over the next month.

Dougal 12:57 am 08 Jun 09

@ futto #41 – What a sad life you must have, living in Canberra so you can go all slack-jawed at some bangs and flashes one weekend a year. Perhaps while twiddling your thumbs in anticipation of the next round of fireworks you can look up the meaning of ‘fascism’

@ willo # 45 – I am sure that many people lack adequate fencing. I am also sure that people can secure their yard 363 days of the year, but cracker weekend is a whole new ball game.

@ ahappychappy #51 – Your dog is deaf I presume? I KNOW when to put my dog inside but unfortunately I don’t KNOW when random crackers will go off. My dog has an uncanny knack of being able to hear things through windows. Would you change your tune if you had to watch your dog suffer?

@ jakez # 52 “I’m about to start donating money/time to ACT Resue & Foster. I no longer support RSPCA (beyond acknowledging them as a potential pet source) as they are an organisation that actively works against freedom”.

Are you serious? The whole basis of that organisation is about protecting the five freedoms for animals (and if you don’t know what they are:

The five freedoms for animals
1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
By ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour

2. Freedom from Discomfort
By providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area

3. Freedom from Pain, Injury and Disease
By prevention through rapid diagnosis and treatment

4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
By providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal’s own kind

5. Freedom from Fear and Distress
By ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering)

What freedom of yours are they working against? I’d love you to back up that comment because it pisses me off when people have a go at charities that shouldn’t even have to exist but for the dickheads in our society that make them necessary.

“I have recently come to the conclusion that sedating of animals is a rightful cost of pet ownership”.

Do you have any idea of the amount of medication that you have to put into a dog to sedate it? It’s not about cost, it’s about not giving my dog a dose of drugs that would land a human in hospital. Would you do it to your kids???

“Is this enough for me to have my freedom back or do I need to drop my pants for further inspection first?”

What about everybody else’s freedom? Fireworks are not a right, they are a privilege that people abuse year after year after year. They bother more people than they amuse, they are STILL GOING OFF RIGHT NOW because people don’t recognise that other people have a life outside of cracker night.

If it would help you understand, I am willing to visit you and honk my horn incessantly at odd times for odd lengths of time over the next month.

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