Tell SeaWorld: Stop the Nightly Fireworks

by on July 9, 2014 · 21 comments

in Culture, Environment, Health, Ocean Beach

SeaWorld pet to stop fireworksSign the Online Petition

There’s now an online petition to get SeaWorld to put a halt to their nightly fireworks explosions.  As of Wednesday morning (July 9), it had 1,754 signatures.

Here is what the website states:

 STOP the Nightly Fireworks at SeaWorld 

SeaWorld is damaging the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of San Diegans on a nightly basis, 90 days straight during the summer season alone. They are causing hearing damage and overall the physical well-being of the citizens of San Diego who live within a 20 mile radius or larger.

The fireworks at SeaWorld constitute animal cruelty. Dogs, cats, and other companion animals don’t understand that the terrifying loud bangs are a celebration. Humane societies across North America report that after firework displays they are swamped with calls about lost dogs and cats. Dogs are brought to shelters with paws bloody from running or torn skin from tearing through a backyard wooden fence or, worse, crippled from being hit by a car.

The need to protect both companion animals and nondomesticated animals from fireworks harm is exemplified in the numerous stories of animal suffering that we are left with after the smoke has cleared.

Dogs have responded to firework explosions by breaking through windows and screens, often running miles away from their homes, only to end up exhausted, bloody and confused or dead on the road

Exposure to hazardous noise is one of the most common causes of irreversible hearing loss. Symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss tend to be subtle in the earlier stages. Hearing loss tends to occur first for high-pitch sounds. As a result, the bass or “volume” of speech appears unchanged, but the clarity of speech decreases. The ability to communicate in the presence of background noise becomes increasingly difficult and can cause anxiety, stress and fatigue for the individual trying to understand speech.

Prolonged exposure to sounds exceeding 80 decibels (dB) can result in permanent hearing loss. The louder the noise, the less time an individual can be exposed before permanent damage will occur. Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. Fireworks pose a significant and immediate risk to your family’s hearing health.

We are asking San Diego city council to ban the fireworks at SeaWorld and ask them to and switch to laser light shows, which provide all the awe of fireworks displays and are kinder to animals and the environment and show a courteous and decent neighborly behavior to the people of San Diego.

Fireworks are being blamed for the recent deaths of 5,000 birds in Arkansas. The professional-grade explosives scared red-winged blackbirds and European starlings out of their nests and sent them into panicked flight. The night-blind birds crashed into houses, signs, and other obstacles, causing blunt-force trauma and death.

What are the ravages of the fireworks locally? Has this been studied?

What is happening to the animals, birds, fish and birds of the San Diego River and our bayfront!?

And now the park is using a different vendor this year, using a higher degree of firepower and they are louder and more dangerous to animals, your children’s and pet’s ears and to your family’s’ emotional well being!

1. Fireworks have been proven to be harmful to pets and wildlife.

The use of explosive fireworks near animals is considered cruel and inhumane as it causes stress and fear. Animals who are too close to explosions often suffer from burns and eye damage, among others.

2. Animal ears are very much more sensitive than the human ear.
Firework explosions can permanently damage their sense of hearing. Many animals are terrified of these noises so they try to break free, jump off fences to escape the terror.

3. Animals that flee from fireworks often get lost or killed.
Cats and dogs are prone to being hit by vehicles and birds are prone to fly into buildings and end-up breaking their necks.

4. Animals get injured.
There are dogs and other domesticated animals that are brought to shelters with paws and some body parts that are bloody from running or torn skin from tearing through a backyard wooden fence or, worse, crippled from being hit by a car.

5. Birds often fly away in fright.
And nesting mothers sometimes tend to get lost trying to return to their nests. Waterfowls such as herons, ducks, pelicans, and other sea birds become entangled in fragments of fireworks that land in ponds and waterways.

6. Fishes, sea turtles, and other marine animals ingest the firework debris and die.
And also cause the deaths of the scavenging animals that eat them.

7. Even insects are at risk.
Insects like bees and butterflies can become disoriented, injured, and killed.

8. Fireworks can start grass and forest fires.
And the explosion releases poisonous chemicals and particles that contaminate the environment.

Write to the city of San Diego City Council

I urge you to consider the harmful effects of fireworks on companion animals and on the well-being of the residents within a 2o mile radius.

The fireworks that are scheduled every single evening at SeaWorld during the summer, 90 days in a row and every weekend during the off season have severe mental and physical effects on both wildlife and on pets and on some children.

Fireworks are NOT friendly to the community at large.

• Firework explosions can produce a blind panic in animals that can lead to serious injuries, deep-rooted and debilitating fears or even death;

• Using fireworks near animals is both cruel and inhumane as explosive fireworks cause animals immense confusion, anxiety, fear, and stress; and

• The ears of most animals are considerably more sensitive than the human ear and fireworks can permanently affect their acute sense of hearing.

Fireworks and animals do not make a humane match. In this age of technology, we can create celebratory displays that are both thrilling and joyful without endangering our dogs and cats.

A humane and 21st century solution is to replace the fireworks with a laser light show instead. This concept would be unique and attract even more patrons. It would be more conducive for the animals, the environment and the neighbors, who are taxpayers and voters as well.


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Aging Hippie July 9, 2014 at 11:27 am

Being able to see the fireworks from the house is a selling point for my house, so I won’t be able to sign this petition.


Gina F August 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

Please do not put your own personal gain above an animals welfare.


OB Cindi July 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

The fireworks? What about the orca’s and dolphins and other cetaceans that are currently being imprisoned in isolation booths the size of your toilet bowl to make money for Slave World via “shows” meant solely for human entertainment, but as Slave World likes to call these hourly rituals, “Mental Stimulation.” Hey, if the guards at Guatanamo Bay shove a stick in the little slit in the door every hour to watch those imprisoned freak out, is that ALSO “Mental Stimulation?” I hate you Sea World. I don’t care that you save a couple seals and birds every year. There are plenty of other groups who do the same thing. At least they don’t BUY ANIMALS from the Faroe Islands and Taiji. You suck Slave World. You are the WORST. Why don’t I just go buy a ticket to Barnum and Bailey Circus while I am buying a ticket to see your horrible concentration camp for cetaceans?


Lilly July 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm

We need to start somewhere. We aren’t very close to having SeaWorld being shut down, like, at all. So if we recognize our stance, we must first ensure that their stay at SeaWorld is most pleasurable until we are able to remove them from those circumstances.


Gina F August 2, 2014 at 9:11 am

Start somewhere? We are closer than you think!! There have been tremendous victories in impacting seaworld’s revenues!! We have been working hard and tirelessly to change seaworld’s business model. There has been constant news about bands cancelling contracts, school’s cancelling field trips, and now major progress has been made with southwest airlines ending their marketing partnership with them! There are protests out there all of the time, and video’s being done such as the one I will post here. The fireworks is another excellent way to get them where it hurts..their bottom line. Thank you for starting and signing this petition.


sarah July 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm

How much do you people need to torture these poor creatures???Please think of them instead of the dollar


Gloriana burgers July 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Animals, birds and Fireworks don’t go STOP


Derek Dionisio July 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Seaworld is a disgusting, abusive place.


Chiron Kolter July 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Save our friends


want2surf July 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Tell everyone you can to stop supporting “Shamu Walk” fundraisers too!


Jonathan Houston July 10, 2014 at 9:37 am

Get off the high horse bunch of rich asses the whole time i have lived in san Diego i see the fire works when im not on deployment or rimpac it’s a fun cheap thing to do fire works are beautiful and it is nowhere near loud enouhh to actually harm wildlife or humans or domesticated animals you provide no hard evidence that the fire works do bad things heres my evidence i love the fire works my children love the fire works my dogs and cats love it to so yeah i hope your petition burns up and is nevsd brought to


Gina F August 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm

I am not rich, I just care about the welfare of other beings. In this case common sense should be enough. However, since you are requesting more info here are a couple of links for you. Perhaps you could teach your children other values aside from being selfish.


Frank Gormlie July 10, 2014 at 10:32 am

I just checked on the petition: it now has 1,984 signatures as of 10:30 am 7/10/14.


Frank Gormlie July 11, 2014 at 6:39 pm

2,252 as of 630 pm 7/11/14


OB Cindi July 10, 2014 at 11:43 am

That is impressive–almost 2,000 signatures already? Wow. But if you are a corporation all about the almight dollar, and can have peaceful demonstrators arrested during the Rose Parade on New Years this year for “blocking” your float and making those operating your float feel “scared” with paper signs and T-shirts that Protest how you treat animals, then I would put my money on Sea World to shut down this petition pretty quick, in order to protect the only thing they have always been clear they are all about….MONEY. And if they don’t have fireworks, they run the risk of losing revenue. Its that simple. I have pets, and they were never afraid of the fireworks when I lived closer to Sea World. So I smiled as i read Jonathan’s thoughts….I can appreciate WHY he wants the fireworks, just as I can see the other side of the coin where the spent firework casings land in the bay, and pollute it. As for the animals living near the nightly fireworks show, they get used to it, or owners move, or put on soft music and give the animal a massage during it to make them start to see good things happen when they hear that noise. I just hate Slave World because of their refusal to even ATTEMPT to STOP BREEDING AND BUYING CETACEANS FOR PROFIT. It’s criminal….just saying…


Ed P July 11, 2014 at 1:39 am

I actually enjoy the fireworks. I work on Coronado and I see the nightly fireworks and it reminds me of the freedoms the United States used to enjoy. I work along side many Navy personnel that take a moment to watch the show and they all enjoy it. Fireworks have a place in some peoples hearts that represent what this great nation was founded on.


Frank Gormlie July 11, 2014 at 6:37 pm

I recall vividly the nights I would be trying to put my young daughter to bed, and then – boom! boom! the SeaWorld fireworks would make all my efforts worthless, and if the wind was right, it sounded like D-Day at the beach, less than a mile away.


Marc Snelling July 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm

If it’s not D-Day in OB it is somewhere else. It was the same when I lived in a second floor apartment at Garnet/Pendleton in PB. The sound carries across Mission Bay.


Debra July 12, 2014 at 10:01 pm

I’ve never quite understood why or how, they have these going off to begin with. To my knowledge, there’s no nightly firework show (or ANY fireworks, ever–people would justifiably have a fit) at the San Diego Zoo or Wild Animal Park. Why, at SeaWorld?


Jean Forst August 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Please stop.


Jimmy Do July 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Only 598 more sigs left to reach 10,ooo! Well done. Maybe the threshold can be reached it by tomorrow night . . .


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