Several Bulgarian cities join Four Paws’ call to ban New Year’s Eve fireworks


Sofia, Plovdiv and a number of other municipalities in Bulgaria have responded to the call by the animal welfare NGO Vier Pfoten to cancel fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Sofia Mayoress Yordanka Fandukova said the decision not to hold official fireworks displays anti-epidemic measures, the four-paw campaign, the negative effects of fireworks on babies, children with disabilities and animals, as well as the effect of Fireworks did take into account to have air pollution.

“Together with our initiative, we are calling on the public not to use fireworks during these holidays, or at least to limit the use of fireworks. We know the problem occurs not only at midnight on December 31st, but also in the days before and after New Year’s Eve, ”she said.

Plovdiv Mayor Zdravko Dimitrov issued an order to cancel fireworks scheduled for New Year’s Eve, and similarly appealed not to use or restrict fireworks.

Stara Zagora Deputy Mayor Milen Zheleva said that instead of holding fireworks, she would donate the budgeted amount to charity.

Other municipalities that have announced that they will not have fireworks are Veliko Turnovo, who will have a light show and concert in front of the Kyustendil municipality building, who will have a brass music concert in a square in the city, Simitli and Chirpan.

A Dec. 30 statement posted on the Kurdzhali Municipality website said Mayor Hassan Azis had joined the Four Paws Foundation’s call to cancel the New Year’s fireworks.

The 5,000 leva allocated for fireworks would be used to support the family of Yusuf Myumyun from the village of Rani List, whose home was damaged by fire on December 15. The family’s home is uninhabitable and the family of four is temporarily housed in a dormitory, the statement said.

There is a petition in Blagoevgrad to cancel the fireworks and instead donate the money to the families of those who were recently killed in a fire in a block of flats in the city. However, Blagoevgrad Mayor Ilko Stoyanov said the fireworks will take place.

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