The College of Veterinarians of B.C. have voted to ban cosmetic ear cropping for dog owners and breeders in British Columbia, and the BC SPCA could not be happier.
Craig Daniell, Chief Executive Officer for the BC SPCA, states that the decision is a a huge step forward in how dog owners treat their pets.
“For nearly two decades the BC SPCA has been on record opposing procedures such as tail docking, ear cropping, devocalization and declawing that impact an animal’s ability to experience good welfare and to express natural behaviours. This decision by the CVBC to make cosmetic ear cropping an unethical practice of veterinary medicine is a significant step forward in the humane treatment of animals in our province and we are extremely pleased to support and endorse this change.”
There is currently no scientific evidence that supports ear cropping is medically beneficial for dogs, but there is evidence that shows canines with their ears cropped suffer from a detrimental effect on behavior and communication.
“With ear cropping no longer considered an acceptable practice by the CVBC, any individual performing the procedure and causing distress to an animal could now face animal cruelty charges under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,” adds Daniell.