What’s the issue with ear cropping?
Ear cropping is illegal in the UK and an unnecessary, painful mutilation with no welfare benefit. The practice involves cutting off part of the ear flap, often without anaesthesia or pain relief.
Despite it being illegal to crop dogs' ears in the UK, it remains legal to import and sell dogs with cropped ears, and it's not a specific offence to send dogs abroad to be cropped. We want this to change.
Vets and animal welfare organisations are increasingly seeing cases of dogs with cropped ears. This worrying trend is rife on social media too, with celebrities and influencers sharing images of their ear-cropped dogs.
It's time to send a clear message that cropping dogs' ears is not ok and end the trend of ear-cropped dogs for good.