The RSPCA in the UK wants to outlaw it. I think that they are generalizing and assuming anyone who dresses their pet thinks of it as an accessory and neglects them.

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Do you think it should be considered cruelty to animals to dress your pet, unless it's absolutely necessary because of the weather?
The RSPCA in the UK wants to outlaw it. I think that they are generalizing and assuming anyone who dresses their pet thinks of it as an accessory and neglects them.

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13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/09 - 2:16:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Did you even read the article you posted?

It's not putting a dog coat on to keep your animal warm the RSPCA want to ban it's dressing the animal in clothing desgined by and sold to idiots they want to stamp out.

13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/09 - 2:32:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Experts said there are a few occasions where dog clothing is acceptable, such as with small dogs and short-haired varieties." <- - - - from your article.

That means that the dog coat is acceptable.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/09 - 2:38:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
As long as it doesn't irritate the dog I don't really mind. There are worse things you could do to them like not feed them or something.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/09 - 3:43:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've seen animals with cloths on and think it is a shame most of the time. There are occasions when it looks cute. Just because I think it's a shame doesn't mean it's cruel.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/09 - 5:18:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
If it's not hurting the dog then it's fine - incredibly stupid, but not necessarily cruel
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/09 - 5:18:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nope.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/09 - 9:33:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
As long as the animal isn't uncomfortable or endangered by the clothing there's really no problem. Actually if anything people will give even more smiles and pets and attention to an animal who's dressed up cute than one who's not; they probably enjoy that.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/09 - 9:37:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ha ha, i know a couple people that would be mad if something like that happened.
It's funny I don't see how it could be mean.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/09 - 10:59:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
i have to put a sweater and boots on my dog in the winter on days wen it's 20 below so no i don't think it's cruel if it's helping them.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 1/22/09 - 10:59:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
no!
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 2:57:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
Anything more than a collar should be illegal.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 8:22:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 1/22/09 - 2:16:02 PM Brunnen_G wrote:
Did you even read the article you posted?


She's too busy posting the links to bother reading them.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 12:19:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
I read the article (I read every article I post thankyouverymuch ) - the point is, they tried to make it seem like anyone who likes cute clothes for their pets only think of them as accessories and they even go as far to say the animal is neglected. They picture dogs dressed up, but two are tiny and need clothes and the other seems to be in a competition of some sort (and loving it by the grin on his face).

I'm going to change the question though, to amend it for the warmth factor.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 1:38:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
As long as the animal is not irritated or in pain I don't see a problem with dressing your pet.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 8:49:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think its funny.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 10:34:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 1/22/09 - 5:18:28 PM dimitri wrote:
If it's not hurting the dog then it's fine - incredibly stupid, but not necessarily cruel


I agree
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/23/09 - 10:45:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
My dog used to wear a coat in the snow (see my avy), not only to keep her warm, but because her curly coat would attract small snow balls and they would get all over the house, so it prevented it a bit. It never seemed to bother her.

We also got her a sweater not long before she got sick, and she loved it. It wasn't necessarily to keep her warm, she just liked wearing it.

So as long as the dog is not uncomfortable, I don't see the problem with wearing clothes. If the dog seems to be trying to take the clothing off, then it shouldn't be wearing it in the first place.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/28/09 - 6:05:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 1/23/09 - 12:19:58 PM KikiPeepers wrote:
I read the article (I read every article I post thankyouverymuch ) - the point is, they tried to make it seem like anyone who likes cute clothes for their pets only think of them as accessories and they even go as far to say the animal is neglected. They picture dogs dressed up, but two are tiny and need clothes and the other seems to be in a competition of some sort (and loving it by the grin on his face). I'm going to change the question though, to amend it for the warmth factor.


If they thought EVERY dressed up animal was being neglected or abused why would they allow clothing in cold weather? That exemption proves the don't think every animal is being abused.

And before you edited your question you complained that weather is a good reason to cloth pets. When the article specifically mentions that
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/28/09 - 6:06:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
dressing pets for warmth is allowed and you complain that they are overlooking the need to keep pets warm, you should really forgive people for thinking you haven't read the article because that complaint really makes it seem like you hadn't.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/28/09 - 9:40:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
A dog is not a fashion accessory.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/28/09 - 10:00:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
My parent's dog absolutely loves to wear clothes. But my dad would be mortified to be seen in public with a dressed up dog.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/28/09 - 12:39:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
What's next?

Outlaw small dog breeds in general because they are more fashionable?
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/28/09 - 1:01:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Courtbebe the article does seem to frown on even dressing them for weather. It said booties of all kinds shouldn't be allowed. But salt on sidewalks can really mess a dog's feet up.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/28/09 - 10:17:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 1/28/09 - 1:01:17 PM KikiPeepers wrote:
Courtbebe the article does seem to frown on even dressing them for weather. It said booties of all kinds shouldn't be allowed. But salt on sidewalks can really mess a dog's feet up.


Really?

Because the article says this:
Officials claim that putting on items such as boots, all-in-one trousers and hoodies, could be harmful to dogs and lead to prosecution for owners if they feel an animal's welfare is at risk.

It says *could* be harmful. But I see no mention of banning booties of *all* kinds.

Or do you mean this:
However, Lynn Williams, founder of dog charity Happy Dogs said: 'To see a little dog dressed up in boots, I think, is a little over the top.

Yeah, you'll notice that Lynn Williams is with Happy Dogs, not the RSPCA. And her use of "I think" suggests a personal opinion, not a law.

You FAIL.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/28/09 - 11:33:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
You just posted two examples of what I was talking about, and *I* fail?

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