Austria: woman colors her dog pink

A particularly noticeable case of animal cruelty was reported to us this week: A dog owner dyed the originally white fur of her protégé pink.
She had documented the “beautification measure” in detail in a series of pictures on her Facebook profile.

The animal welfare office was switched on!

The bizarre-looking photo of the tortured dog was leaked to the ““Krone” by a terrified animal lover. (Image:, Krone KREATIV)

“The woman should rather get a fashion doll. Abusing a living animal for such a senseless action is ethically and fortunately also unacceptable from a legal point of view, ” said Eva Persy, head of the animal welfare agency.
The identity of the lady could be found out.

There are fines of up to 15,000 euros.

Animal lovers horrified by posting on Facebook!

A small dog whose owner – with a broad grin – brushed it with hair dye and, after the deed was done, gave a kiss to the pink head of the “Barbie dog” for a selfie – the pictures caused horror among animal lovers.

“With such a procedure you not only put the animal under enormous stress, but you also endanger its health,” warns Eva Persy.

The chemicals contained in commercially available dyes can cause skin irritation and even severe burns – long-term damage cannot be ruled out.

Even natural colors are not necessarily free from side effects in dogs.
Due to the strange smell and appearance, the colored animal can also have problems communicating with other dogs.

The discoloration of skin, plumage, or fur for commercial or aesthetic reasons has been prohibited in Austria since the last amendment to the Animal Welfare Act in 2017.

Anyone who violates the dyeing ban can expect fines of up to 7,500 euros, in the event of repetition even up to 15,000 euros.

The case of the “Barbie dog” shows once again how much ignorance or even ignorance there is among some pet owners.

“It is, therefore, all the more important to inform people about their needs and the legal requirements before purchasing an animal”, emphasizes the head of the animal welfare office

And I mean…The newspaper describes this as a particularly noticeable case of animal cruelty.
Is it massive animal cruelty?
We could say it’s not direct, brutal animal cruelty like the ones we read every day.

And yet: even if he has not suffered…
like a pig by the heel
a monkey with electrodes on its head
a dog skinning alive in China …

it is exploitation, after all, even a bad one of its kind.

It’s one that degrades its entire existence to a toy, to an object that enables the owner to fish the desired likes on Facebook.
It’s not just stupid to paint an animal as a clown. It’s disrespectful!
It’s about the dignity and personality of the animal.

And if the animal itself cannot condemn this ridiculousness, so do those who fight for its rights and because they recognize and respect the right to its own physical and aesthetic integrity.

Even if it seems like a luxury problem compared to other crimes

regards and good night, Venus

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