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Call -- the battle of the birth the tiny town of -- a lot like California had to cancel the July 4 fireworks because state environmental officials that the display frightened birds and their nest.
Paul Barrett an attorney with the Pacific legal foundation represented angry business owners in the community -- say canceling the event will cost these -- big dollars.
How could this happen.
Hey Charles great to be with you you know this is a really tragic story the California coastal commission which is.
An unelected unaccountable notoriously.
Arrogant state bureaucracy that controls the coastal zone in California.
They have stopped this fireworks display on the grounds that it is development.
And because in his development that requires a coastal development permit.
And they -- to go through the process of of regulating this display to make sure some birds a mile an apple way aren't disturbed.
But -- Implications of this are just tremendous.
I -- of a fifteen minute fireworks display is development.
Than almost any human activity from driving walking swimming camping you -- it.
Would be development requiring a -- development permit from the state bureaucracy Paul or any of the birds and questioned on the endangered species list.
Absolutely not and in fact there's no credible evidence.
At all that any bird was injured in the prior two years -- the display went forward.
Of all you've got his one report saying that there may be a link between fireworks displays and a couple of birds flying away from their nests but beyond that that there's really not no evidence there.
I -- what this is really about is the -- -- commission's attempt to go beyond its statutory powers and try to control every facet of our human lives.
-- there hasn't been an assessment of just how much money the merchants are gonna lose because -- is the citizen.
What can tell you this bowl all as a small otherwise very sleepy coastal town in California last year when they have the display.
People converged on this little town to watch the display.
Two patronized business and enjoy the fireworks to do enjoy the fourth of July -- -- in front and this year they're predicting.
Hardly any patronage -- all so this is really gonna hurt business and law.
It's their main attraction for the year and it's really a shame that the coastal commission had to step in here and banned the display.
All I know -- is less than 24 hours ago is there any legal recourse to any last second way or perhaps overcoming this.
When my group the Pacific legal foundation which is the oldest and leading watchdog for private property rights have stepped in.
To defend this volunteer group.
That has sponsored the display and we've sought an emergency.
Stay of the banned from the superior court in California from the court of appeal.
And because it was an emergency request of the court simply decided that they would defer to the coastal commission.
And say look we're not gonna get involved at this stage so we do have to comply with -- cease and desist -- We're not gonna have the fireworks -- here but we are continuing the fight in the trial court to make sure that the courts recognize that there are limits.
So this side coastal commission's powers.
Okay well we'll -- continue to watch this and thanks for being on the show we should also point out -- little note this was the 150.
Anniversary of the town.
Now those who want to protect the -- say that those fireworks could cause great harm during nesting season.
Hear what their view is Lisa laying she's with the people for the ethical treatment of animals -- do you think really a fifteen minute firework display.
To really do that much damage to some nesting birds.
-- the shortness of the for the fireworks display actually has a lot to do with this animals not just birds -- dogs and cats.
When they hear something once a year this sounds less like entertainment but to them to bombardment I mean these sounds are supposed to sound like bombs for up to us.
They don't know that they're not completely under attack these birds left their -- again this is nesting season.
Ten out of 93 of the of the -- that had been seen and studied by the coastal commission were empty when they went back.
So this has at -- a huge effect on these animals and what's what's is.
That this report came out last December -- of business owners were worried about losing business in July.
They could have planned ahead they're all kinds of laser displays that they could plan to do to keep people coming to this city they can enjoy their fourth of July lights.
Without the without jeopardizing the lives of the birds the birds -- it's not just bad -- I.
I gotta tell you in my town we have fireworks every fourth in my dogs we have three dogs.
And you know they are frightened by it but they seem to be OK once it's over I don't see any problem with them are you suggesting.
That we should just cancel fireworks displays across the country.
I'm suggesting people should consider it absolutely if you look around tomorrow.
You are some sorry the day after tomorrow you talked local animal shelters that tell you they're busting at the seams of animals who have had a pair of literally busted through windows -- their homes.
And what we're telling people now is.
I've during fireworks displays make sure you turn a television on you pulled the blinds so that the animals don't see it.
You you create some noise in the in the house so that they're distracted and stay home if you can and definitely put tags on your dogs because -- they do get out.
You want to be reunited with them there are precautions people can take.
But remember this is -- this is this is something that'll make an animal especially an animal his frightened.
Feel like they're under attack and what did -- -- is.
With our companions we can explain to them if -- -- there within your dogs are different than the wildlife that are affected by this display in Guatemala.
Listen let's take this a step further I mean when we go down this slippery slope.
Is that gonna come a point where we have to modulate TVs in our homes may -- our stereo system so they don't they don't offend.
Our dogs because they have greater sensitivity of the hearing.
I don't know I mean depends that you shouldn't be playing a TV that loudly for yourself and for your family frankly but I've not really slippery slope I think what we're looking at -- something very specifically this -- sound designed to sound like a bomb didn't get anywhere under attack -- Well we're talking about is -- Anywhere with -- Peter it will draw the line were it comes this is something we're OK this is a celebration.
But let's say human survival let's say for instance the need for heating oil or gasoline or crude oil.
Where do you draw the line in humans come before animals.
That that's I'm sorry with all due respect that's really ridiculous question what we're talking about here is firework displays and I don't know how crude oil are heating oil has anything to do with the protection of animals and we're talking about something that can be can be stopped if I'm not entertaining people in the town when there are alternative forms of entertain people for the fourth of July.
Think it's overly dramatizing it to say that this is some slippery slope it's the fourth of July.
It is an hour to -- -- an ally their companion animal and -- -- -- threatened species Americans love their fireworks and I hope some day millions of you know like they can have it without hurting animals as well that.
Well you know what next year we'll have the light -- a -- barbecue and voted together thanks a lot free unanimous.
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