This event is only made possible with the support from our sponsors - below are a few endorsements for the Illuminate.
"We’re thrilled to see Cambridge putting animal welfare first this Guy Fawkes, by opting for a light and sound show instead of fireworks. Each year, SPCA receives dozens of calls - especially around Guy Fawkes - relating to injuries, frightened animals, missing pets and occasionally, abuse of animals with fireworks. Sadly, many animals become highly distressed by the loud noises and bright flashes given off by fireworks, which can lead to animals running away, causing injury or becoming involved in traffic accidents. A recent survey of horse guardians in New Zealand found that 35% of respondents reported having horses break through a fence in response to fireworks and more than a quarter of respondents reported horses sustaining injuries. Guys Fawkes also falls in spring when many wildlife such as birds are nesting. Animals change their behaviour in response to loud and abrupt noises and this can lead to physical injury, disruption of feeding, abandonment of young, stress and death.
SPCA has long advocated for a ban on the private sale and use of fireworks, but unfortunately, despite huge support from New Zealanders and other organisations, we are yet to see a ban put in place. While members of the public are restricted to purchasing fireworks on set days, there is nothing stopping them from being set off on any day of the year – not just on Guy Fawkes – meaning pet and farmed animal owners must remain vigilant at all times.
We support organisations and individuals who choose to celebrate important events in a way that minimises impacts to animals and the environment.
Supported by the Equine community
Dr Alison Vaughan
SPCA Science Officer
"At the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association, we along with everyone in our industry, love our horses. Unfortunately, there are too many risks involved with fireworks and our four-legged friends. The loud noises and bright lights can startle and distress them, compromising both their safety and well-being. The same goes for all animals. It is important that they live in an environment where they feel safe and loved, fireworks take that environment away from them.
That is why we love the idea of Illuminate, and so will our horses too! All the fun and excitement of fireworks, without the noise!"
Chief Executive Officer