Do you agree with cropping dog's ears for cosmetic purposes?
I brought this up once with some Americans and got absolutely crucified when I said cosmetic ear cropping and tail docking was cruel and unnecessary.
It seems to be a sensitive issue with American pet owners.
I've had some bizarre responses, such as "young puppies don't feel pain" and "it's okay because they won't remember it later". I can confirm that
young puppies do in fact have a nervous system, and can indeed feel pain. A nervous system that has not yet fully developed does not preclude an
animal's ability to feel pain. The methods of tail docking involve either cutting off the blood supply (just imagine someone tying a cord around your
finger to the point where blood supply was ceased and your finger fell off - doesn't sound very comfortable, does it), or surgical removal, which is
often performed without anaesethetic.
Once again, puppies can and do feel physical pain - I don't know where these people got the idea that they can't, it makes no sense. If you don't
believe me, I've pulled up some articles in layman's terms.
Studies Reveal Tail Docking in Puppies is Painful
For the Very Youngest Animals, Pain Management
Tail Docking of Puppies
Australian veterinarian Robert K. Wansbrough explains, in an article published in the Australian Veterinary Journal, that anatomical studies
demonstrate that pain in day old puppies would be actually more than in an adult dog due to the way impulses are sent through the puppy's unmyelinated
fibers. Their slower conduction due to incomplete myelination, is offset by the shorter interneuronal and neuromusvcular distances the impulse has to
travel, therefore, creating greater pain due to the pup's undeveloped inhibitory pain pathways. Dr. Robert further explains that cutting through
muscles, tendons, nerves, bones or cartilages, would result in intense pain to a level that would never be allowed to be inflicted on a human
....the body of evidence supports the conclusion that neo-natal animals experience pain which is at least comparable, if not greater, than their adult
counterparts including humans.
There's an abundance of evidence to suggest that young puppies can and do feel pain.
Is Cropping Dogs’ Ears and Docking Their Tails Cruel? We Ask the
Tail docking is severing the spinal cord in between the sacral vertebra. Cutting through the vast network of these nerves is incredibly painful and
can lead to chronic neuralgia (phantom pain) in some patients. Ear pinna (flaps) are incredibly vascular; the blood supply to the ears is tremendous,
and if you’ve ever witnessed the blood bath associated with an ear crop you’ll never forget it. Both procedures are painful and sadly, often times
animals are not supplied adequate pain management, which can lead to these areas of the body being perpetually sensitive.
Some people maintain that their dogs need their tails docked for working purposes. This is bullsh*t. Dogs use their tails for balance, although some
breeds "naturally" (i.e., they're selectively bred) lack a tail beyond a little stumpy bit. I got my dog from a rural farm, where farmers had been
breeding dogs for decades for their intelligence and working ability rather than appearance. Mine comes from a long line of successful herding dogs,
all of which had tails. He herds cattle like a pro, even without training, and surprise surprise, he has a tail. In no way does having a tail impact a
dog's ability to herd livestock. Nor does it affect hunting dogs. Docking tails is illegal in many countries, and every pig dog I've seen has had a
tail, and it has not affected the dog's working ability.
Pictured: what a healthy working dog should look like, bred for intelligence and working ability rather than appearance, and without unnecessary
cropping and docking.
Cropping ears was originally meant for fighting dogs, or dogs which protected livestock from predators. Cropped ears present less of a target for the
other dog to grab a hold of. Given that the majority of people who own dogs will not use them to fight or defend livestock, what is the point?
It's painful, can lead to infection, and can inhibit a dog's ability to communicate. It's primarily done for cosmetic reasons. Many breeders feel
compelled to do it, as leaving the dog intact can seriously harm sales. Some kennel associations still require certain breeds to be cropped and/or
docked, purely for appearance. Focusing on appearance also leads to unethical breeding resulting in birth defects and health problems, but that's
another can of worms.
Have you cut off your dog's tail or cropped its ears? If so, why? Do you value appearance over comfort and well being? Is tradition really that
Please do not take this post as a personal attack on you. Please address my arguments only. I am aware that this can be a sensitive issue for many
Americans, and do not intend to personally insult anyone.
edit on 22/12/1515 by DeepThoughtCriminal because: direct orders from Freemason