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Cropping your dogs ears or tail is mutilation. Declawing your cat is mutilation.
Mutilating your pet just so they can win dog show rewards is fucking disgusting.

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punkalicia
Apr. 6th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
SING IT!

and wtf is up with people who debark thier dogs? i mean, WTF!? training motherfuckers, TRAINING.
maddening
Apr. 6th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
I can't even imagine. They want a *thing* not an actual animal.
Apparently dewclaw removal is a common thing too for hunting breeds. If you aren't actually HUNTING with your dog I just don't see the point.
If your gread dane isn't actually a guard dog that might get into a fight with BEASTS that could rip its ear off, why the fuck are you cropping it?

i just stumbled across some breeding sites and stuff and seeing these puppies with their ears chopped up and taped so they'll be trained to stand up straight was really painful.
skreidle
Apr. 9th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
I've been told that:
1) Apparently breeds with ears that are commonly cropped are extremely prone to ear infections of the sort that never heal, due to the fragility of their ears, and that cropped ears are much less likely to get damaged or infected?
1b) With many dogs, they're up and running around again a few hours after the cropping; almost all are fine within a day.
1c) Taping doesn't hurt.

2) Dewclaws are vestigial to begin with, and are apparently prone to getting caught on things, causing serious injury to the dog's leg. If they're high-profile and/or soft/loose, they're more prone to damage and it's a good idea to remove them. If they're solid and low-profile, it's okay to leave them.

3) Some dog owners--responsible, loving owners who've tried training, bark collars, and every other deterrent available--feel that it's better to debark a dog (as a last resort) to keep a dog in a loving home rather than surrender it to a shelter or buyer in its unaltered state.

maddening
Apr. 9th, 2005 02:28 am (UTC)
Re: I've been told that:
There isn't any evidence that cropping ears or leaving them natural makes ear infections any more or less common. That's as much a myth as circumcision being "cleaner" in humans. In the age of soap it's silly.
It doesn't matter that they bounce back quickly or that taping their ears doesn't hurt them. It's still an unatural, bizarre thing to do to your pet and in my view, it's a pointless mutilation.

Hunting dogs have their dewclaws removed to keep them from snagging. As I said, unless your dog is a hunting dog, used for the purpose of hunting, it's just a preference and an unneeded surgery.

All of these things (especially debarking) are cosmetic or convenience surgeries. And most people that do them to their pets do so in order to show them in competitive dog shows. First of all, pure breeding encourages and reinforces genetic deficiency. Pure breeding also creates outlandish "acceptable" standards that eventually lead to things like breeders putting all the white boxers from a litter to sleep becuase they won't rake in enough money, becuase they MIGHT have a higher occurance of medical issues (no proof of it) and they MIGHT have a higher occurance of deafness (again, no actual studies), and they are definitely not AKC standard.

Personally, performing a purely cosmetic surgery on your pet and then putting them through months and months of standing, taping, gluing stiff paper into their ears, tying cups onto their heads, etc. is fucking barbaric. Yay for all those "animal lovers".
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