Ban Tail Docking and Ear Cropping in Dogs

Historically, tail docking and ear cropping were performed to prevent rabies, strengthen the back, increase the animal’s speed, and prevent injuries when dogs were hunting or even fighting. But it seems that in modern times there should be no reason at all to continue with this hurtful procedures. But in the U.S. people continue cutting off ears and tails just for esthetic reasons.

It is known that all around Europe the cropping of ears is prohibited in all countries that have ratified the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals. This is obviously because they consider the practices a mutilation and unnecessary.

In the U.S. the association that sets the rules and standard for breeds is the AKC, the American Kennel Club, and they communicate positions like: “ear cropping and tail docking are acceptable practices integral to defining and preserving breed character and/or enhancing good health” Just to make an example, the standard for boxers recommends that an undocked tail is a penalization. This go totally opposed by what the American Veterinary Medical Association says.

It is high time for U.S. breeders to stop mutilating Great Danes, Boxers, German Shorthaired Pointers, Schnauzers, Cockers and many more breeds. It is time for these poor dogs to be allowed to keep their tails and ears intact.

Please is important to sign this petition and make sure AKC follows other standars where is not necessary to crop ears and dock tails just to rate better a dog breed. It is important that American breeders stop these cruel practices and just care in loving their dogs.

This petition will be sent to:

  • American Kennel Club

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The fact that this procedure is done for cosmetic purposes and WITHOUT the use of pain-killers or anesthetic is cruelty plain and simple. A dog's tail is used to communicate with other dogs, as a counter-balance and to aid in defecation. Both urinary and fecal incontinence have been associated with the procedure.

The idea that injury is often the result of not having docked the tail of a hunting dog is unsubstantiated. There are absolutely no statistics to support it.

As a citizen, I am ashamed that the US should allow the needless mutilation of dogs when almost 30 other countries have banned it outright.

I propose we correct this now.

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