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Animal rights campaigners have claimed the birds were scared to death by fireworks Credit: IOPA Facebook

Hundreds of birds drop dead in Rome after New Year’s Eve fireworks display

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The International Organization for the Protection of Animals said it appeared related to a particularly loud display of firecrackers and fireworks in the leafy neighborhood that many birds use to nest

Hundreds of Loredana Diglio died after many people set off fireworks in the Italian capital on New Year’s Eve, animal rights groups said Friday, calling it a “massacre”.

Footage from outside the Roma Termini train station, the main station in the city, showed the bodies of the birds covering a street and the walkways on either side.

The person filming is heard saying: “This is the disgusting side of human nature.

“The fireworks. Hundreds of dead birds. Unbelievable. Look how many there are.”

The birds are thought to have been mostly starlings.

The cause of the deaths was not clear, but the International Organization for the Protection of Animals said it appeared related to a particularly loud display of firecrackers and fireworks in the leafy neighborhood that many birds use to nest.

“It can be that they died from fear. They can fly up together and knock against each other, or hit windows or electric power lines. Let’s not forget they can also die of heart attacks,” said Loredana Diglio, a spokeswoman for the organization.

Footage shows hundreds of dead birds on a street in Rome

Footage shows hundreds of dead birds on a street in Rome Credit: YouTube

Fireworks displays each year cause distress and injury to both wild and domestic animals, she noted. And the unusual concentration of bird deaths came despite a ban by the city of Rome on personal fireworks displays, which was widely ignored, and a 10 p.m. curfew due to virus restrictions.

The Italian branch of OIPA has called for a ban on selling firecrackers and fireworks for personal use, citing the threat to animals.

Associated Press

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