This year, let Holi be happy for animals too!

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Mar 2017 06:55:49


Mar 12,


WHILE the country is caught in the Holi revelry, every year both stray and pet animals inadvertently become victims of hooliganism, which must be stopped with increased sensitisation of the public, say animal rights organisations.
Noting that the colours used during the celebrations are made of “toxic metals and dyes”, Dr R T Sharma of Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) here said it was important for people to understand that animal skin was different from human skin.
“While human skin sweats to flush out the chemicals, animals like dogs do not have sweat glands and their bodies end up absorbing the toxins.

“On several occasions,” he said, “stray dogs end up licking or drinking the coloured water, which can result in severe liver problems, and can also be fatal in certain cases,” Sharma told PTI. Friendicoes - SECA in Defence Colony here, which has been spreading awareness against animal cruelty during the festival, will remain open on Holi to attend to any kind of emergency that might occur.

“Besides the colours which are harmful, cold water splashes made on animals and loud noises frighten them, leaving them in a confused and restless state of mind,” Mandy Seth, President of Friendicoes said.

The animal shelter will be providing facilities like ambulance and other emergency related services, along with a 24x7 functioning veterinary clinic in the advent of any mishap.
Sharma said often most pet owners were too emotionally attached to their animals to leave them out of the festivities, ending up harming them in the process. Both Sharma and Seth suggested that while a ‘tilak’ on the forehead of the animal was acceptable, it was advisable that they be kept indoors.