The American public has a passion for its pets that endures all seasons — except one.

Another Independence Day is a mere week away, and since it falls on a Wednesday, both the weekend before and after will be treated as “Fourth of July weekend.”

That likely means more time for people to indulge in the popular but unsafe holiday pastime of detonating fireworks, most of which are illegal in Illinois. The negative ramifications are many. These explosive devices have been known to maim and even kill people.

Another distinct drawback is the effect fireworks have on our furry friends. Have you ever seen the way dogs and cats shiver in terror as the rat-a-tat of fireworks go off around them? While many citizens take a direct approach toward stopping most forms of animal cruelty, this example seems to be oddly accepted.

It’s time for this acceptance to end. A public service campaign already is in place as electronic billboards placed across the region urge people to halt this practice.

Pay heed to this appeal. Take it even a step further and discontinue fireworks play even if a canine or feline is nowhere in sight. Chances are kids will be nearby, and fireworks also can cause them emotional as well as physical anguish.

The better option is to take in a professional fireworks show. Several are planned throughout the area during the next several days. The Daily Journal will publish a list of shows in its next Weekend Edition.

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