Ear Cropping and Tail Docking, Pros and Cons
DOG FANCY readers support alerting dog owners to ear cropping and tail docking risks.
Kathy Swanick |
Posted: Sat May 5 00:00:00 PDT 2001
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The Denver-based American Animal Hospital Association tops a list of veterinary associations that signed on to the resolution. "Owners should be informed," said Janice Trumpeter, DVM, an AAHA staff veterinarian. "People think they need to have this done for medical reasons. They don't."
The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights of Davis, Calif., began campaigning seven years ago for such a policy statement, said board member Holly Cheever, DVM. "We're happy to see AVMA take a more aggressive stance," she said, adding that AVAR would endorse legislation outlawing the procedures unless they're performed for medical purposes.
DOG FANCY asked for your opinion about the AVMA statement. We've tabulated the responses and selected many of your decisive and heart-felt comments for this report.
"I am the elated owner of an American Pit Bull Terrier that still has her own beautiful rosebud ears. Not for one second would I even consider chopping off a part of her body. My stepdaughter works for a veterinarian and told me pathetic stories of puppies whimpering in cages, waiting to heal from this gross mutilation. I believe it would be a very good practice to inform clients about the pain and the danger. Knowledge is power."
"I think breed registries should disqualify cropped ears as they have in England. I have a vet who just won't do ear cropping."
"When we got our Dobie from the breeder, his tail was already docked. Initially, we were going to have his ears cropped. Everyone does it. He wouldn't be a proper Dobie without it, right? Wrong! He may not fit the perception of what a Dobie is supposed to look like, but he's happy, healthy and the cutest Doberman you've ever seen. We couldn't find any good reason to put him through the pain of surgery and the discomfort of having his ears taped up all that time."Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
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