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Is it cruel to dress up dogs for Halloween?

Britons will increase their spending on Halloween by 5% on last year to almost £420 million, analysts predict, as the event becomes established on the consumer calendar.

Half of all Britons (52%) spent money on Halloween last year, rising to 77% of millennials and 85% of parents of under-fives, a survey by Mintel suggests.

A quarter (25%) of Halloween buyers spent between £10 and £25 on the event last year,  while 17% between £26 and £50.

It seems that the dressing up element of Halloween has now spread to the canine world with even Pets at Home selling Dog Fancy Dress!

A dog owner has been labelled ‘cruel’ by viewers after dressing up her pooch in a Halloween costume on live TV.

Blogger Kerry Whelpdale, from Brentwood in Essex, appeared on Good Morning Britain with her dog Lulu who was dressed up like a pumpkin.

Speaking on the show, Ms Whelpdale insisted that Lulu enjoys dressing up and feels like she is ‘one of the family’ in her costume.

However, the mother-of-two was branded ‘cruel’ by GMB viewers, who said costumes are ‘degrading’ for animals.

What are your views?  Is it cruel to dress up our pets in fancy dress? Would you dress your dog up in a Halloween outfit? Do you know anyone in your family who does?

Is it cruel to dress up dogs for Halloween?

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JillB13
21st Dec 2018
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I have got a dog who is a wonderful companion, and I consider him a member of my family, but he is a dog with a dog's understanding of the world, he does not understand human reasoning and I would never expect him too. To expect him to behave like a child would only confuse and upset him. So I would never demand that of him. He gives me unconditional loyalty as I am the leader of his pack and that is how it will stay.
Alicia
7th Nov 2018
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Yes it is disgusting and should not be done, I would never inflict such atrocities on my cat.
MaryPoppins56
31st Oct 2018
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I don't think animals should be dressed up for our entertainment. This whole Halloween thing has got out of hand. Even the tv presenters are dressing up!! Next thing we'll have the newsreaders dressed as vampires and ghouls!! I'm not against having fun with the kids. I used to make a little costume for mine, nothing fancy and it didn't cost anything and their friends would come round and we'd play games such as apple bobbing. It was just a bit of innocent fun for the kids. Now parents think they've got to go out and spend money on proper fancy dress outfits with all the accessories in case little Johnny feels left out!! Now the adults thinkg they all have to act like children. As another poster said this is another American import. We have our own culture and don't need to take on American traditiions. Before you know it we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving!! The world has gone mad!!
Jean177
30th Oct 2018
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Until dogs can talk and give us their own views , please leave them alone . Dogs are animals , not humans .
Gavin
28th Oct 2018
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Your dog will let you know very quickly if it's unhappy. I can't see any difference between a warm waterproof coat and a Halloween costume.
sparrer
27th Oct 2018
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Get a doll, have a baby but leave all animals alone. Some say their animal enjoys it, poppycock! An animal can't voice an opinion, can't say it doesn't like it, so who does it amuse? Only the owner who should know better.
Brandywalker
27th Oct 2018
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Some dogs may need a coat during the colder months, but dressing them up in ridiculous outfits is definitely a NONO.
HappyHippie
26th Oct 2018
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Halloween is another American import, and dressing up animals is odd anyway
time for change
26th Oct 2018
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Halloween has become a nightmare. This yet another one of those American obsessions that many feel they have to follow. Dogs are dogs & yes wrap them up warm for the winter but dress them up for this.......no.
Barton babe
26th Oct 2018
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I can understand people putting on their dogs a jacket after the dog has been trimmed, but dressing them up in silly looking outfits I cannot understand. Why make a dog look as stupid as their owner.
thecrafter
26th Oct 2018
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With winter approaching and thinking ahead to the snow, I was shocked to read the following.

Hundreds of pets are becoming seriously ill and in some cases dying because of the rock salt and antifreeze being used during the cold snap.

Dogs and cats are walking through the substances left by gritters trying to clear roads and car drivers defrosting their windscreens and then licking them off their paws.

Consuming rock salt can cause dehydration, liver failure and pancreatitis, while antifreeze contains the chemical ethylene glycol, which can be lethal when ingested.
So after walkies or the cat comes in make sure their paws are washed.
TeaPot01
26th Oct 2018
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Dogs may appear 'almost human' sometimes, but they are DOGS. Not toys to dress up!
Lorraine
26th Oct 2018
4
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Animals are not playthings.
Big Linda
26th Oct 2018
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Not so much cruel as just plain silly and a waste of time and money. Take your dog for a walk instead. It will do you both good!
LawrieM
26th Oct 2018
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This is another snowflacke argument
Wurzel
26th Oct 2018
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Let dogs be dogs. It is only for the "enjoyment" of the owners to make their dogs suffer.
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Very cruel, dogs are for loving and not made to look stupid. Why put an animal in fancy dress? Our dog has three coats, one to keep her dry, one to wear if the other is in the wash and her natural coat, which is beautiful.
Jake007
26th Oct 2018
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Yes i think it is cruel to dress a animal I Halloween costume, besides Halloween is a American tradition
Big Linda
26th Oct 2018
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Halloween is not an American tradition. It is based on an old religious festival to celebrate All Souls Day on 31 October, with All Saints Day celebrated on 1 November. America is responsible for the 'Trick or Treat' interpretation of the old 'guising' or dressing up custom that originated in the UK. Similarly, where we use to carve out Swedes for lanterns at Halloween, Americs used pumpkins, and that tradition has been adopted by our country, possible because pumpkins are bigger and therefore more effective as lanterns, and they are also easier to carve out.
Wilf
25th Oct 2018
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Judging by my dog I think he would think it was some kind of stupid humans game-which it is! He would probably think its fun and then rip the clothes off and try and fight with them. All good fun but he would be asking himself why humans are so stupid? Good question!
Onecott
25th Oct 2018
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They are animals , not substitute children,dolls etc
GillB83
25th Oct 2018
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Not cruel exactly, but the poor animal doesn’t have a say in it!
viking
25th Oct 2018
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Another Americanism invading this country. !!
If the dog does not wish to be dressed up, it should let the owner know by giving just a gentle bite on the leg of the idiot trying to annoy the animal.
Richard65
25th Oct 2018
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This is once again our own fault, We were once a proud nation with our own history and moral values, But for some strange reason we seem to want to emulate American culture. We are now doing trick or treat, and doing stupid, silly stuff. Halloween in this country (particularly in the south West). used to be a pagan festival and taken seriously as the feast of Samhain.
royalblue1
25th Oct 2018
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It’s cruel to dress dogs anytime. They have their own coats to keep them warm. Just stop it!
andbrown01
24th Oct 2018
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why dress a dog at all it is a waste of time and money
Billythequiche
24th Oct 2018
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It is cruel to dress up a dog at any time.
JacquelineT5
24th Oct 2018
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I cannot understand why people feel the need to put clothes on their animals, they already wear a fur coat
Lionel
24th Oct 2018
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I don't think it's necessarily cruel. But it depends on the dog and it's breed. My Border Collies have an enormous dignity and a monumental pride. They'll wear a hat for a photo op, but laugh at them and their dignity comes to the fore in growls.

He wore my Jeremy Corbyn hat for a few seconds before shaking it off and peeing on it. Thanks mate! Not sure if it was the hat or Corbyn!

I suppose, in the end, it comes down to knowing one's dog (s).
Margaret Hart
24th Oct 2018
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With fireworks including bangers around and many tricks being played dogs should be tucked up warm at home with the family so they are not afraid. Some people have a strange sense of humour and could hurt pets and that shouldn’t be chanced. Dogsshould not be used as entertainment for other people.
Dezzi
24th Oct 2018
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I’m not sure when dresssing up of cats or dogs came into vogue but I really do not think it is necessary to dress animals as they are, after all, pets and not children. I know the owners of house pets love their animals and I did too before my dear pet passed away but I didn’t think of dressing him in any attire, as he was a pet.

Some thoroughbred horse owners protect these horses with blankets in winter if they are grazing outside and I guess greyhounds, who also do not have fur to cover them should have blankets to keep them warm when they go out. However dogs with fur coats do not need blankets when they go out as they cause the dog to sweat.
arnoldbradford
24th Oct 2018
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I personally think the owners must be demented.
Caz2000
24th Oct 2018
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I wouldn't say it is cruel to dress your fur baby up. But let's keep some dignity for our furry family members. Some people just go a little too far.
kentrix39
24th Oct 2018
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No animals should be subject to any kind of dressing up if they were meant to have clothes of any kind they would be like us naked. They become stressed by being covered and made to cavort around like a bunch of teenage clowns.
You have an animal of any kind not for stupid entainment but as a household companion to the family if you have one. If on your own a valuable asset to enhance your life.
MrsPat
24th Oct 2018
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Very cruel. My dog gets scared when he sees Halloween outfits on people. He does not like Hoodies or anyone wearing a mast at all. I think it is wrong to dress up dogs but many people seem to do it.
Munsterlander
24th Oct 2018
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Not at all. We have had dogs for 50 years and love them all dearly. they are as much a part of our family as our kids and grandkids. they love the attention of fun and games. A coat is fine for them. Hats can be problematic as they do not like attachments on their heads and glasses and stuff like that is a definite no no. Not sure about cats as have never had them.
Marie 1
24th Oct 2018
5
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Animals are not designed to wear clothes so in my opinion yes it is cruel as causes stress to the animal.

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