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A small town Italy has passed legislation requiring people to use only silent fireworks displays and celebrations. The new measure is to ensure the wellbeing dogs and other pets. The town Collecchio in the province of Parma has decided that the welfare its pets is more important than the sound of explosions that normally accompanies fireworks. The more sensitive hearing animals causes them to develop a condition known as 'acoustic stress' that follows sudden and loud noises. The sounds and smoke created fireworks can cause additional health problems animals. Vets commonly report cases nausea, tremors and increased anxiety in animals a fireworks show.

Awareness the potential problems created the sound of fireworks is growing in Europe. Over the New Year, Germany banned fireworks refugee shelters to minimise trauma experienced refugees who had just fled war zones. Fireworks are also known to cause problems war veterans. The explosions bring back painful memories being areas of conflict and can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, not everyone agrees with the idea silent fireworks. Antonio Maldini said: "You need the booms, cracks and thunder. It's an essential part the fun." He advised pet owners to keep animals indoors and keep all windows firmly closed.

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