Is Ear Cropping Wrong?
A lot of people crop their dog’s ears thinking it will help them somehow. Since a lot of people are doing this it only makes sense that there be some benefit to it, right?
Unfortunately, there are no benefits to cropping your dogs ears.
Doesn’t it prevent ear infections?
While it might help a little bit, it’s highly redundant to crop ears just to prevent this. Every tissue on the body is just as prone to infection. Would you cut off your toes, arms, or legs to prevent infections?
It’s the “breed standard”.
Nope! It’s not. They are born with full length ears, which were passed to them genetically. The standard of cropped ears is set by PEOPLE, not nature. So it’s only a human standard and not even a sensible one.
Cropping Ears is like Piercing Ears
Alright so is injecting an arm like getting it amputated? There is a huge difference. Ear piercing is a little needle prick and that’s it. Ear cropping takes weeks of recovery and bandages.
Ear Cropping is like Spaying or Neutering
Pro ear croppers when confronted by their decision sometimes say that it’s similar to spaying or neutering. If it’s so painful, then so is spaying or neutering, right? That may be true, but there’s a big difference. Spaying and neutering is necessary. It prevents diseases and helps make your dog less aggressive while also reducing overpopulation. Ear cropping does none of those things.
Ear Cropping is Not Painful
It’s definitely not a walk in the park. Pain meds are usually prescribed. They are usually required to wear the dog cones for weeks to help the ears stand up correctly. Since dogs act very stoically, how can you tell if your pooch is in a lot of pain?
There’s More Important Things To Worry About
It’s true that most Animal Welfare Organizations focus on bigger issues than ear cropping. Why would dog owners spend so much on a cosmetic effect when they could donate that money to shelters instead?
Ears have a function and if dogs are born with a complete set of ears, there’s a reason for that. Humans created a breed standard that doesn’t align with nature. Dogs actually use their ears to help communicate their feelings, keep debris or bugs away, and as a statement of who they are. To not accept your dog as they are naturally is foolish and superficial.
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Please pass this along to show everyone that ear cropping is unnecessary and wrong!