630 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 4 JULY 2019
explodes it without suspicion of the danger. Life will have to be made over,
and human nature transformed, before prevision so extravagant can be
accepted as the norm of conduct, the customary standard to which behavior
Maureen E. Baird, Q.C., was appointed as a member, and designated the
vice chair, of the Safety Standards Appeal Board for a term of two years.
Deborah A. Armour, Q.C., and Marion Shaw have been appointed to the
board of the British Columbia Securities Commission.
The governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, announced in May 2019 that
Fourth of July fireworks would resume at Mount Rushmore in 2020, after a
decade-long absence. (Pine beetle infestation in the area had increased fire
risks and made a display during that time too dangerous.) She noted that
“we are excited and honored to see fireworks return to our nation’s Shrine
of Democracy” and that “when the fireworks were previously held at
Mount Rushmore, the show was beamed around the globe via satellite. The
entire world was able to view a celebration of our nation’s freedoms from
the majestic memorial and the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. There
is no more fitting place in all the nation to celebrate our democracy than
from Mount Rushmore.” President Trump was duly excited, tweeting: “I am
pleased to inform you that THE BIG FIREWORKS, after many years of not
having any, are coming back to beautiful Mount Rushmore in South
Dakota.” (Reportedly Trump had earlier said to Noem, before she became
governor, “Do you know it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?”
Noem started laughing, thinking he was joking, but noted in her
later report of the incident: “He wasn’t laughing, so he was totally serious.”)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (“PETA”) was less enthusiastic
about the fireworks—it made no comment on the addition of a president to
the mount—urging that a drone show be considered as an alternative. It
noted in its letter to the governor:
As you may know, fireworks trigger stress, fear, and anxiety in wild animals.
Displays can scare wildlife, including deer, onto roads—where they
risk being hit by cars. The loud blasts have been known to cause birds to
panic and abandon their nests and their young. Fireworks can also start
wildfires, which can kill smaller animals—such as beetles and squirrels—
who cannot flee quickly enough from fast-moving flames. Fires also decimate
habitats and food sources and have been known to send ash into
rivers, depleting oxygen and suffocating fish. Animals can ingest remnants
of large fireworks or debris from them, possibly resulting in their death.
And fireworks also release particle-laden smoke and chemicals, which contaminate
the environment and can damage birds’ respiratory systems.