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?

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