Sonia Horon, Global Animal
Alessandra Ambrosio stepped out recently with her pink and purple pooch. The Victoria’s Secret Angel is yet another celebrity who decided to follow a bizarre trend and dye her pet’s fur. But is it animal cruelty? Ambrosio’s move angered PETA who responded by saying, “Our dogs and cats love us regardless of how we look; why not extend the same kindness to them?”
Older procedures that conformed dogs to breed standards, such as tail docking and ear cropping, have turned into piercings, fake testicles, and colorful dyes. Where do we draw the line in treating pets as accessories?
While some dyes advertise as nontoxic and pet safe, dyeing your animal’s fur can be traumatic for them. Ingredients in hair dye is absorbed by your pet’s skin, and many dyes contain certain toxins that could cause allergic reactions. Even if the dye is pet safe, it’s doubtful that pets enjoy the experience. Your dog doesn’t want to be in Vogue. They are sure to be more happy playing in dirt and chasing squirrels. It’s hard enough to clip their nails, let alone make them enjoy a more extensive beauty transformation.
While advocates of pet cosmetic tinkering may consider this treatment just a way to show their animals love, there is no reason to change your dog’s appearance. While we love our pets, the best thing we can do to show them our love and care is let dogs be dogs.