Animal welfare is a major concern around Halloween, said Senator Pippa Hackett, as she urges people to be aware of the distress caused by flashing lights and loud noises.

“Firecrackers and firecrackers are very disturbing for dogs, cats, horses, donkeys and other animals,” said the Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture.

“I would advise pet owners to keep their pets indoors whenever possible. As animal owners, we have a duty to keep animals in an environment that does not threaten their welfare, in accordance with the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

Minister Hackett acknowledged that Halloween puts “enormous pressure” on veterinary clinics and animal rescue centers and organizations.

She added that funding for animal welfare organizations “has doubled since the Green Party entered government, in line with the commitment made in the Agenda for Government.”

“In addition, my department released a new Animal Health and Welfare Strategy, recognizing that good animal welfare can be best achieved when people understand an animal’s physical, behavioral and nutritional needs,” she declared.

“The strategy also commits to establishing an independently chaired Companion Animal Welfare Advisory Council, which is good news for our small animals. “

ISPCA also reminds the public to be aware of the dangers that Halloween poses to the well-being of all animals and to take additional measures to protect the safety of not only domestic animals, but also farm animals and wildlife. wildlife.

ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said the fireworks caused significant distress to the animals “given their heightened senses of hearing and smell.”

“We ask those who are considering acquiring or using illegal fireworks to think about the impact it has on others – on the elderly and infirm, on our vital emergency services and on our lives. pets. And to ask yourself: is it really worth it? Dowling added.