Protect Puppies From Ear Cropping

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Ear cropping does not improve a dog's hearing or prevent ear infection. It's a cruel and dangerous practice that must be stopped


Ear cropping is an elective surgery currently implemented in approximately 20 dog breeds, including Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Great Danes and more. This procedure involves the surgical removal of most or all of the flappy portion of the ear1.

Contrary to the prevailing misinformation, ear cropping does not improve a dog's hearing or prevent ear infections2.

Research shows that at least 80% of dogs won't get ear infections, "and the breeds that are most likely to get them, such as cocker spaniels and poodles, don't get their ears docked," says Emily Patterson-Kane, PhD, an animal welfare scientist at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)3.

Ear-cropping causes pain and distress to dogs. As with all surgical procedures, it is also accompanied by inherent risks of anesthesia, blood loss, and infection, while providing no welfare or medical benefit to the animal2.

Dogs that have been put through this process can wind up suffering from severe ear infections that lead to permanent damage. In some cases, a dog may be in such great pain that they require a specialized procedure to remove the entire ear canal4.

The practice of surgically cutting a puppy's ears is now considered only cosmetic and has been banned in most countries, but continues among certain breeds, including pitbulls, in an effort to make the dogs appear tougher and more aggressive5.

Not only is ear cropping inhumane, but it has sadly helped to propagate the stereotype that pitbulls are fierce.

Ear cropping is illegal in England and Wales, under Section 5 of the Animal Welfare Act 20066. It is still legal in most of North America.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) currently supports ear cropping in order to maintain the standards of appearance for certain breeds, but the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association oppose it7.

Sign the petition in opposition of ear cropping dogs solely for cosmetic purposes, and encourage the elimination of ear cropping from AKC breed standards!

More on this issue:

  1. Tire 1 Veterinary Medical Center (2022), "Bringing Up Two Points."
  2. American Veterinary Medical Association (13 March 2013), "Welfare Implications of Ear Cropping-Dogs."
  3. Fetch by WebMD (2022), "Ear Cropping and Tail Docking."
  4. Emmanuel Oloyede, British Veterinary Association (7 May 2021), "Overlooked behavioural consequences of ear cropping."
  5. Jenna Stregowski, The Spruce Pets (28 March 2022), "The Practice of Cropping Dog Ears."
  6. RSPCA (2022), "End ear cropping: Dogs need their ears - and here's why."
  7. American Kennel Club (26 February 2008), "AKC Statement on AVMA Crop and Dock Policy."
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The Petition:

To the Board of Directors of the American Kennel Club,

Your organization has supported the practice of ear cropping for many years now, and many dogs have subsequently been forced to undergo this painful and dangerous cosmetic procedure.

There is no scientific basis for ear cropping as a method of improving a dog's hearing or preventing ear infections. In fact, research shows that at least 80% of dogs won't get ear infections, and the breeds that are most likely to get them, such as cocker spaniels and poodles, don't get their ears cropped.

Ear-cropping causes pain and distress to dogs. As with all surgical procedures, it is also accompanied by inherent risks of anesthesia, blood loss, and infection, while providing no welfare or medical benefit to the animal.

This practice is not only inhumane, but it has sadly helped to propagate the stereotype that pitbull type dogs are aggressive animals.

The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association both oppose ear cropping as a practice. Ear cropping has also been banned in England and Wales under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

I ask you to join these groups in taking a stand for the health and wellbeing of our most loyal companions. Please acknowledge the danger that ear cropping puts dogs in, and eliminate this practice from your breed standards.

Sincerely,

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