Illinois Hears Bill on Tail Docking, Ear Cropping

The bill considers the procedures "animal torture” unless for medical purposes.

Posted: March 12, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Doberman side profile earsThe Illinois Senate Agriculture & Conservation Committee held a hearing on Tuesday, March 10, concerning SB 139, which limits the practices of tail docking and ear cropping in the state.

Results of the hearing were not available at press time.

The bill amends the Humane Care for Animals Act and considers ear cropping and tail docking “animal torture” unless the procedures are performed by an Illinois licensed veterinarian for a medical reason.

Torture, as defined in the bill, means the infliction of or subjection to extreme physical pain, motivated by the intent to increase or prolong the pain, suffering, or agony of the animal.

A person convicted of violation would be guilty of a Class 3 felony.

The American Kennel Club posted a news alert Tuesday encouraging dog owners and breeders to contact their state legislators to oppose the measure.

The AKC said it “recognizes that ear cropping, tail docking, and dewclaw removal, as described in certain breed standards, are acceptable practices integral to defining and preserving breed character and/or enhancing good health. Appropriate veterinary care should be provided.”


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Sue   St Paul, MN

11/11/2009 8:09:55 AM


Please learn how to spell. Humans can make a choice to have an elective surgery. These animals are not given a choice. They are being tortured without their consent. Go back to school and learn something please!

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rusty   litchfield, IL

10/8/2009 8:56:44 AM

think of it this way if u had a huge node or your boobs where to small u would have surgery to fix it right hundereds of men and wemen get surgury every day to change their aperence i guess that inhumane to hug. or human babbys being cercumsiezed. whats the diference if i want my dogs ears croped? if u have a problem with it u should look ur self n the mirror and contridiked ur self for having ur childrens pennis skin removed. its fine to have ur dogs ears croped if you want them done it should b ur decishion

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rusty   litchfiel, IL

10/8/2009 8:42:14 AM

i think ear croping is fine if vets wont crop them then owners will start doing it their selves thearfor vets should four the sake of the dogs. owners look at a sertain breed n pacific ways like i wouldnt want a dovermav or a pit bull with out their ears croped why not just let bull dogs have their youn naterally couse it will kill the birth mother we imbreed and created what we wanted and if u want ur ears done u should b ale to have it done buy a profeshinal vet that can care for it right dont ban it couse ur just hurting the dog theyll get croped if the owners have to resort doing it themselvs

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Anti-Docking Alliance (ADA)   not USA, AL

3/13/2009 5:13:57 PM

Modern science tells us that neonates certainly feel pain and the level of pain is increased compared with older animals. For in depth explanation visit
Circumcision relates to skin which is NOT similar to a dog's tail. Hospital circumcision is now performed with anaesthesia as are hospital operations on neonates. (Docking refers to dogs' tails; cropping refers to dogs' ears).

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