So it’s that time of year again – the Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. Last week I wrote about costumes for dogs and how I think that’s animal cruelty, that’s why I now want to write about the big parade.
It’s on Saturday October 24th from noon to 3 p.m. the 25th Annual Dog Parade takes place in Tompkins Square Park. On this day you will see hundreds of dogs dressed up as Superman, Batman, Tinkerbell and more.
According to the National Retail Federation, americans will spend a total of $350 million on their furry friends this year. The data estimates that 20 million pet owners will dress up their pet in some sort of Halloween outfit.
The dog parade takes place every year and CNN calls it “the largest dog costume parade in the world”. Tompkins Square Park will turn into a zoo, where people can show of they creative costumes for their pets. However, the parade is not just a gathering for dogs in Halloween costumes, it is also a competition where the pet owners can win thousands of dollars in prizes.
Is it right for pet oweners to dress up their dogs to win money? I really don’t think so. A dog is not a doll to be turned into a princess or a superhero.
Think about the dog, not youself
ASPCA, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, have made a list of things to think about if you want to dress up your dog this Halloween.
First you got to be sure that your dog likes to be put in a costume, not all do. And if you decide to dress up your dog, make sure that he or she can move and hear properly. The costumes should not impede the dogs ability to breathe or bark.
What do you think about the Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade?
Till next week!