The American Kennel Club (AKC) has fought laws and regulations seeking to ban tail docking and hearing cropping because it feels that purebred canines should conform to certain breed requirements. But performing clinically unnecessary methods on canines only perpetuates the notion they are fashion accessories. Unfortunaely, many breeders insist that their breed will be ruined if it does not keep up with the image passed down by breed night clubs decades ago.
AKC doggie beauty pageants are filled with dogs who have been mutilated for no justification. Dogs usually have their ears cropped when they may be eight to 12-weeks old just. At this time in their development, the trauma of the task can have a solid psychological impact on the maturing pup. The procedure of taping and re-taping a pups ears to pressure them to stand erect once they have been cropped can be agonizing for the dog.
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The American Veterinary Medical Association has pointed out that, ear canal cropping and tail docking aren’t medically indicated nor of great benefit to the individual. These procedures cause pain and distress, and, as with all surgical treatments, are accompanied by inherent risks of anesthesia, loss of blood, and infection. As the methods are so cruel and dangerous, they have …