The Green Party is encouraging pet owners to be extra cautious as Halloween approaches.
Green Party Spokesperson on Agriculture Cllr Pippa Hackett said:
“Halloween can be an extremely difficult time for animals.
“There is usually an increase in the numbers of stray and frightened pets at this time of year, and this puts extra pressure on animal welfare groups, dog pounds, and veterinary clinics. We applaud the dedicated work undertaken by the many animal welfare groups in the country, most of which are underfunded, and rely on volunteers and the goodwill of the public to operate.
“There are some simple steps that pet owners can take this Halloween to make sure their pets stay safe and as stress-free as possible. They should have somewhere safe and secure to hide, preferably indoors. Outdoor pets should be brought indoors or into a secure shed, so that they are shielded from any loud bangs or flashes.
“If your pet should run away, contact your local animal rescue centre as soon as possible – they may rescue your pet into their care. Ensuring that you have your pet micro-chipped as a permanent form of identification will greatly increase the chances of your pet being reunited with you, should they get lost or stolen.
“Halloween festivities can cause distress to larger animals including horses and farm animals, so their welfare needs must also be considered.
“Our wildlife too can be put at risk, particularly by fire and smoke. It is important to check all wood, scrub, and leaves for hibernating hedgehogs before lighting any bonfires.
“We would call on the Government to ensure that the laws that exist in relation to animal welfare are applied and enforced this Halloween. If you witness an animal being subjected to cruel treatment, please notify your local Gardaí immediately and contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report online here.
“Education is vital, and the ISPCA and the Green Party have called on the Government to introduce modules in animal welfare into the primary school curriculum. We would not only be teaching our children important skills when it comes to looking after their pets, they would also be learning moral values which will stay with them throughout their lives. Please show your support by signing the online petition here.”
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