Comments on AVMA Opposes Dog Ear Cropping, Tail Docking

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Michael   Blaine, WA

9/24/2009 11:22:40 AM

OK people, I know that most people hear have dogs, and they would never want to see their dog go through pain, with that said i understand how many people want ear cropping and tail docking to stop, but the fact is that unless you have personal experienced with ear cropping and tail docking, then you can not comment on this. I have 24 years of experience with the Doberman Pincher, a breed that most of the time has the tail docked and ears cropped. If you are a responsible owner then you have both of these procedures done very early and by a trained experienced vet, and the dog does NOT suffer or experience pain. There are many other breeds that just wouldn't be the same if they didn't have their ears cropped and/or tail docked.

With that being said, I believe that we still live in America and its still(for now) a free country, so its the choice of the dog owner.

If you are still strongly against the ear cropping and tail docking, then i think you need to stop being a hypocrite and start taking a strong stance against Brest argumentation, nose jobs, tummy tucks, face lifts, and all other forms of COSMETIC surgery that humans do all the time that is very painful, and takes very unnecessary risk, because if you don't then you are saying that its OK for humans but not dogs, so then dogs are above humans and dogs welfare is more important than humans, now I love my dog but my family's well being is always ahead of them. The AVMA is so wrong on this one its
terrible.

Seriously people think before you speak....

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mack   07030, NJ

6/21/2009 5:57:13 AM

Let's start doing it to little newborn babies since it's not a cruel thing to do.

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Dory   Lincoln, RI

6/18/2009 9:19:49 AM

I happen to own an 8 year old Australian shepard whose tail is docked. When we bought her she was eight weeks old and the procedure had already been done. She would be the same dog with a tail as she is without one. If you are not looking to show a dog, there is no point to having earcropping or taildocking done. I think it is a great idea to remove these procedures from breed standards to prevent the suffering of young puppies. If the breeder had asked me if I wanted my puppy's tail docked, I would have said no.

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S. Carlson   Palmetto, FL

12/2/2008 3:47:45 PM

Cropping, tail docking and dew claw removal should be the CHOICE of the owner of the dogs, not some off the wall PETA type people who don't like it. I have had both Great Danes and Dobermans, and the procedure is done when the puppies are very young by professionals, and it does not hurt the animals. If you do not like it, then just don't own dogs and don't give us grief about how we like our certain breeds of dogs kept. I have taped ears for many years and have never had a problem. Maybe we should outlaw plastic surgery while we're at it too. Put your "oh poor dog" energy into going after Amish breeders and puppy mills!

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

11/30/2008 11:05:34 PM

I absolutely agree. I don't see any scenario where tail docking and ear cropping is beneficial to the breed. The AKC should take it's head out of the mud and realize that not only are these procedures cruel but that they in no way enhance the breed. It's akin to soring in gaited horses.

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lala   salinas, CA

11/30/2008 12:27:55 PM

I am so glad to read this I mean if it is not a medical emergencey. why make them go through that

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D   Indy, IN

11/30/2008 10:29:49 AM

I don't like it when people do that to poor dogs!

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CairnMom   Odessa, FL

11/30/2008 7:32:55 AM

There should be a law against mutilation of any animal. These dog shows are ridiculous with the way they have to have a dog's hair cut & get cropped & not even spayed/neutered. Why is it ok to crop & not spay/neuter??

These dogs should be shown naturally, they way nature intended, or not at all.

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FreelanceFlora   Portland, OR

11/30/2008 12:50:22 AM

It's good that this is getting recognition. Our dogs, unfortunately, already had their tails docked when we got them as puppies. However, we never cut their ears and everyone is all-around more happy for it. Plus, floppy ears are cute. Oh...we had a full-sized dobermann and a miniature one.

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Havyn   Texas, TX

11/29/2008 7:24:02 PM

How would you like someone to come and cut yor ears 2 make you look "better" or come and cut your tail off to make your look meaner its cruel and mean!!!!!!!

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Havyn   Texas, TX

11/29/2008 7:18:21 PM

i think its cruel and mean!!!

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Amanda   Hammond, IN

11/29/2008 2:11:00 PM

I don't think any dog should be cropped or docked. Neutering and spaying...YES! Needless mutilation of ears and tails to make your dog look tough or "better"...NO NO NO! How would like it if someone cut up your ears so you looked like a better human? Floppy ears are cute! Long live the long tail!!!!

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Christy   Covina, CA

11/29/2008 2:05:00 PM

Good!! God gave them what they have for a reason!!!

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Cheryl   Conway, MO

11/29/2008 1:22:46 PM

Its about time that people understand this type of surgery isnt needed and could be harmful to the animal.

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Maxine   Round Rock, TX

11/29/2008 10:03:02 AM

The thing tht i really hate is that lots of dogs that have this cosmetic surgery arnt show dogs or hunting dogs so it makes no sense

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Phil   Salina, KS

11/29/2008 9:57:50 AM

When will the AVMA pull their tails out of their backs and take the same position on Animal Amputation & Animal Mutalation...Also Known As(AKA) Cat Declawing. AVMA fights to keep this act of Animal Cruelty Legal(although it is ban in every civilized/industrialized nation of the world, with the exception of Canada and the United States). Fight Animal Cruelty...Boycott Town like Durango, Colorado who condone this form of Legalized Animal Cruelty...Support towns like West Hollywood,m California(The first community in America to ban this form of Animal Abuse) and Richmond, Virginia(who outlawed Declawing in 2007).

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Anna   Maple Grove, MN

11/29/2008 7:13:02 AM

I agree! Why cause pain to the dogs just for looks? Who really cares whether their dog's ear is pointy or floppy? Not me!

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