Ramapo stadium: Hit or error?

Jun 12, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: LoHud

A tour of the stadium: Take a tour of the home of the Rockland Boulders at Provident Bank Park.

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Kelly Bonanno

New Paltz, NY

#1 Jun 18, 2011
Like many Americans, I love the game of baseball...good times, good memories. However, when I think of baseball, I think of "buy me some peanuts & cracker jacks"...NOT FIREWORKS!!! There is an animal shelter less than a quarter of a mile down the road from the stadium...FIREWORKS ARE NOT ANIMAL FRIENDLY!!! Needless to say, I WILL NOT be attending any activities at Provident Bank Park until they act humanely & STOP THE FIREWORKS!!!

Old Bridge, NJ

#2 Jun 18, 2011
Hi Tor Animal Shelter is right next to this stadium and every time there is a game the stadium is shooting off fireworks, which are terrifying to those poor animals. I heard the fireworks from here in Valley Cottage and if I can hear them from here, I can't imagine what those poor animals are going through. Stop the fireworks!!!

Stony Point, NY

#3 Jun 18, 2011
I wont be spending any money at a stadium that does not care about the well being of animals. For them to be setting them off right next to the animal shelter, I hope a piece pf flaming debris lands in the stadium and/or another building and burns it to the ground just to watch those stupid idiots get sued and lose everything!

Stony Point, NY

#4 Jun 18, 2011
During the game opening night I had a chance to see where the fireworks where being shot off. I am SHOCKED. They are only a few hundred feet from the shelter!!!!! These animals DO NOT need the stress or fear of hearing fireworks. Isn't bad enough they are at a shelter, why torment these dogs anymore!!!! Hi-Tor has done a remarkable job of getting these animals ready for adoption. Putting fear in them only sets them back!!!!!! Is there really a need for FIREWORKS.....Why not do something more animal friendly. The Provident Bank Park should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this mess to even happen!!!!!!!!
Ana Maria - Montebello NY

Warwick, NY

#5 Jun 19, 2011
The Provident Bank park is estimated to be between a 1/4 to 1/3 mile from the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center. Baseball games are one thing, Fireworks are another and are not necessary for a baseball game.
Dogs and cats are already stressed out in the unknown and strange environment of a shelter. With the acute hearing ability of dogs the noise (a stimuli they perceive as a threat or danger) from the fireworks will most certainly cause fear that will cause barking (vocalization) which in turn will provide even greater stress to the cats. They can't move away to avoid the noise - they are imprisoned at Hi-Tor until adopted. This can be construed as cruelty to these captive companions of ours, especially the seniors whom are already suffering from illness, pain, and the effects of aging who will experience even greater fear and anxiety.
Fear is a physiologic, behavioral, and emotional reaction to stimuli, in this case, the noise from fireworks. The physiologic reaction results in an increase in heart rate, increased respiratory rate (panting), sweating, trembling, pacing, and possibly urination and defecation. Behaviorally they can exhibit changes in body posture and activity; engage in avoidance by trying to hide placing their ears closer to their heads, widening their eyes, and tucking their tails under their bodies.
Did you ever hear of a fear bite? They can't escape, so they may become aggressive making it that much more difficult and dangerous for their keepers to provide protection and refuge for them.
Is it really necessary to have so many firework displays throughout the year? NO IT IS NOT!
The Rockland Boulders claim that the quality of life is paramount in the Lower Hudson Valley to them. What about the quality of life of our non-human companions at Hi-Tor not to mention the surrounding wildlife?
The Rockland Boulders claim their approach will be grounded via relationships with community leaders and most importantly, fans (majority of which are animal advocates) and that they will work hand in hand with one and all to guarantee a rewarding experience interact with us. They are not working with us with regard to the fireworks!
STOP THE FIREWORKS NOW ROCKLAND BOULDERS!!!!! Or face failure. Protests and boycotts of your games and any other park activity will continue until the you act responsibly.

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