Animal welfare is a major concern around Halloween, said Senator Pippa Hackett, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Navy, who urges people to be aware of distress caused by flashing lights and loud noises.
âFirecrackers and firecrackers are very disturbing for dogs, cats, horses, donkeys and other animals,â she said.
âI 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.
The minister acknowledged that Halloween puts enormous pressure on veterinary clinics and animal rescue centers and organizations.
âFunding for animal welfare organizations has doubled since the Green Party entered government, in line with the commitment made in the Agenda for Government,â she said.
âAdditionally, 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. .
“The strategy also commits to establishing an independently chaired Pet Welfare Advisory Council, which is good news for our small animals.”