▷ After another ban on the sale of pyrotechnics: Deutsche Umwelthilfe calls for new …

10.12.2021 – 11:25

Deutsche Umwelthilfe eV

Berlin (ots)

  • New Interior Minister Faeser must revise the Explosives Ordinance and thus permanently end the private use of pyrotechnics on New Year’s Eve
  • Half a million people support a broad alliance of environmental and animal rights activists, the police union and doctors signed a petition to ban private New Year’s Eve fireworks
  • The ban on the sale and use of pyrotechnics is an opportunity for new New Year’s Eve customs

The Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) calls on the new federal government to perpetuate the renewed sales ban for private New Year’s Eve bollards and to permanently end the private use of pyrotechnics. Last week, the federal and state governments followed the demands of the DUH and the broad alliance it initiated consisting of environmental and animal rights activists, the police union and doctors, and for the second year in a row they passed a ban on the sale of private New Year’s Eve thugs and rockets. The DUH calls on the new interior minister, Nancy Faeser, to end the archaic gluttony once and for all by amending the explosives ordinance. This demand is confirmed by half a million people who petition for a ban on private New Year’s fireworks.

Jürgen Resch, federal manager of the DUH: “The majority of people living in Germany would like a New Year’s Eve without archaic gluttony. This is shown every year by representative surveys. Now the new federal government is asked to comply with this demand. By changing the Explosives Ordinance, the new Federal Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser, can issue a corresponding ban. So that families dare to go out on the streets again on New Year’s Eve without having to worry about firecrackers and rockets, animals no longer get into stress and panic and asthmatics and those with previous illnesses can breathe a sigh of relief. The repeated ban on the sale of pyrotechnics must be seen as an opportunity for new customs. For the time after Corona, we recommend creative light and laser shows or even a drone show to the municipalities.

The DUH has been committed to a firecracker-free New Year’s Eve for years. Fireworks and firecrackers cause high levels of air pollution every year, damage millions of domestic animals as well as farm animals and wild animals that have been left without protection, and pollute the environment. In addition, through thousands of injuries, some of them serious, they overload the emergency services and hospitals, who are already working to their limits due to the pandemic. In a broad alliance with Vier Pfoten, the German Animal Welfare Office, TASSO, the Jane Goodall Institute Germany, the police union and medical representatives, the DUH had therefore called for the sale and use of private pyrotechnics to be stopped.

Around New Year’s Eve, more animals are reported missing than on any other day of the year“, explains Mike Ruckelshaus, head of domestic animal welfare at the animal welfare organization TASSO.”Hundreds of dogs and cats run away or get injured in fear of the deafening noise. We finally have to prioritize the protection of animals and not our own fun or a tradition that is no longer up-to-date.

Daniela Schneider, campaign manager for pets at Vier Pfoten, says: “A sales ban is not enough to really protect millions of domestic and domestic wild animals. Many animals experience extreme stress and are afraid. Dogs no longer dare to go outside, no longer eat or are so frightened that they run away. We saw in the past year that many people set off fireworks that they had bought online or already in the previous year. It is therefore imperative that the lighting of fireworks, firecrackers and the like be prohibited. Only in this way is the measure really effective and protects the animals.

In Germany, millions of animals suffer in fattening and breeding facilities, and they are unnecessarily stressed by firecrackers and rockets and panic. A permanent ban on firecrackers could prevent this“, says Jan Peifer, chairman of the board of the German Animal Welfare Office


The DUH refers to the following New Year’s Eve customs in other countries, which can serve as inspiration for new customs in Germany:

  • Spain: Eat twelve grapes at exactly twelve o’clock, one grape per stroke of the bell – otherwise there is a risk of misfortune
  • Czech Republic: An apple announces whether the coming year will bring good luck or bad luck. It is cut in half across, then the kernels are examined. If they are arranged in a star shape, it means happiness for the new year. Unfortunately, if the cores form a cross, there is a risk of bad luck
  • Greece: Basil’s bread with hidden coins and card / dice games instead of fireworks
  • Austria: Waltz at midnight
  • Russia: New Year’s wishes come on a piece of paper, which is burned, put in the champagne glass and drunk until midnight
  • Italy: wearing red panties brings good luck here! Everyone who wishes for more happiness in love for the next year celebrates the New Year in red underwear. Lingerie manufacturers couldn’t have come up with a nicer custom.


Press contact:

Jürgen Resch, Federal Managing Director DUH
0171 3649170, [email protected]

Sarah Ross, pet expert at Vier Pfoten
0162 8572065, [email protected]

Marie-Christin Gronau, Project and Campaign Manager at TASSO
+49 (6190) 937-371, [email protected]

Jan Peifer, CEO of the German Animal Welfare Office
0171 4841004, [email protected]


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