Diwali, the festival of lights is here. Shopping sprees, lights, lip smacking sweets, gifts and of course fireworks that can't be ignored. A lot of people have started thinking that we could do away with the noisy part and embrace a Diwali that goes easy on the environment and is friendly to our ears.
It’s also planned to sensitise the various residential associations
regarding the health implication of high sound. “Many are ignorant that
there is a rule that restricts the sound to 55 db in residential areas
during daytime and 50 db during night but these are anyways flouted,” he
It is a vexing time for the animals too. Most owners report pets missing during Diwali season. It is a harrowing time for the animals with the sounds inducing excessive fear and insecurity and forcing them to flee their homes. Pets get frightened easily and it would be better if you keep them indoors and pacify them and give them space to stay safe.
“Animals are the worst hit as they lack the sound control cell which was part of the last evolution in human beings. As part of evolution we have a mechanism to control sound entering our ear but this is absent in animals which makes them prone to excessive levels of noise which they cannot tolerate,” Dr. John adds.
Those having pets wouldn’t want to be introduced to the effects these seemingly ‘festive’ crackers have. They tremble, bark incessantly, and shiver and if you listen closely enough along with the bursting of crackers you can hear dogs barking incessantly.
“Dogs or rather any animal gets confused with these sudden changes in sound, and a 'flee instinct' sets in. They run away from homes as they cannot tolerate the excessive noise. Give your pets space to hide when they are searching for one and instill in them a secure feeling and continue with your work as if on a regular basis. This would give them a sense of normalcy,” says Dr. Annie Varghese, Assistant Director, Animal Husbandry.
[Even as this reporter was drafting this report, her 4 year old dog Marley was taking refugee beneath her chair trembling and shivering with fear. Flinching every time a cracker is burst, tucking her tail between her legs.]
We are all at the receiving end in one way or the other. In the grandeur and pomp of the festival let’s not forget our nature, the animals, the sick, the old, the ailing and the health implications on otherwise sound individuals. Let’s not get carried away and forget the long term damage these actions of ours have. Enjoy and celebrate by all means but let’s limit the sound and the air pollution. We would be doing our environment and ourselves a great favour.
Diwali is losing the soul of the festival with it being reduced to a display of fireworks, noise and excessive air pollution. The pollution produced in the aftermath of this festivity is a burden. Let’s not splurge anymore on these deafening crackers. Let’s strive for a safe Diwali one with lights, one for the animals, one for the environment and one for ourselves.