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Do you think it is cruel to dress your pet up for Halloween?

Poll Results: 4,277 votes
Maybe not cruel, but stupid.
Yes, please leave them their dignity.
Nah, they love it!
Who cares? They are animals!

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Andrea A.
Friday March 13, 2015, 6:41 AM

Maybe not cruel, but just leave them the way they are. They don't need costumes or clothing.

Sue H.
Sunday January 11, 2015, 11:23 PM


Andrea A.
Tuesday January 6, 2015, 10:10 AM

Maybe not cruel, but just leave them the way they are. They don't need costumes or clothing.

Giustina C.
Thursday January 1, 2015, 7:30 AM

They are not objects and are not there for your own amusement, so yes.

Miriam O.
Wednesday December 3, 2014, 8:08 AM

Pretty stupid!

Nyack Clancy
Wednesday November 19, 2014, 10:07 PM

If they don't enjoy it- it is cruel. Why would you do something to an animal that hates it, to entertain yourself?


John B.
Saturday November 15, 2014, 1:35 AM

Maybe not cruel, but stupid.

M.N. J.
Sunday November 2, 2014, 12:48 AM

To continue:

I don't know enough birds and reptiles to judge their interest in / indifference to / disdain of funny outfits.

It is a rare cat who enjoys playing dress-up, but they do exist.

Of course you shouldn't force a costume an animal who doesn't like it. They can't be coaxed with candy and peer pressure like a reluctant toddler.

By the way, is it "cruel" that parents enjoy putting costumes on their babies? Should babies be left to the "dignity" of "only their own skin"?

M.N. J.
Sunday November 2, 2014, 12:39 AM

It depends on the costume and the dog.

Many costumes aren't any more cruel than the halters lots of dogs wear for their neighborhood walks, or the pack equipment that serious hiking dogs wear.

And I know there are some dogs who actually love the attention. I think you have to take their personalities into account.

Nyack Clancy
Saturday October 25, 2014, 10:29 PM

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