Illegalize Dangerous and Cruel Practice of Dog ‘Ear Cropping’

Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States

Goal: Make it illegal for owners to perform at-home ear cropping on their own dogs

There has been a trend going on with dog owners called “cropping,” where they snip parts of their dog’s ears so that they stand upright. Although it is done mostly for aesthetic appeal, some dog owners say they notice a reduction in ear infections in their dogs as well. Usually veterinarians use full anesthesia to perform the procedure on the dogs so that it doesn’t cause them any pain, but recently pet owners have been attempting to perform the procedure at home by themselves. This has been sending dogs to the emergency room for immediate care due to excessive bleeding and infections caused by unsanitary equipment.

There are already so many dangerous implications to having the procedure done at a veterinarian’s office, so the threat is even greater when it is carelessly being done at home. While most European countries have totally outlawed ear cropping, the trend is still widespread in the United States. There needs to be a law put in place to ban the at-home cropping of dogs’ ears. It should be a procedure that is only performed in veterinarian offices, not at home.

A dog’s ears are sensitive like a human’s ears and should be treated with care, not snipped for aesthetic appeal by their owners. Please sign this petition to ask the president of the United States to help us come up with a bill to stop this horrendous dog trend.


Dear Barack Obama, President of the United States,

A person with no prior experience and without the proper sterilized equipment should never be allowed to crop a dog’s ears. An average person performing the procedure would cause infections and not know how to heal wounds. Not only is it cruel to crop dog’s ears, it is also extremely painful. Even if the procedure absolutely needs to be performed, it is still a cosmetic procedure that should be done by a licensed veterinarian. The dog should always be under anesthesia to make sure they are not feeling any pain. It is unusually cruel for a pet owner to perform the cropping procedure themselves.

There is nothing sadder than to see a dog in a shelter with wounded evidence from an at-home cropping job. As president of the United States, please come up with a law banning this practice.


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Photo Credit: Ewa Ziemska via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. For all to know, cropping the ears reduces their hearing and allows for more ear infections, due to the fact that the ear cavity is opened more, and if you look at a bully breed dog that has not had its ears cropped, when they hear something the ears perk forward and have a very similar effect of amplifying sound as well as picking up more vibrations from sound. It also is a common practice of dogfighters so that the ears don’t get ripped off, and no decent person wants a dog that looks like a fighting dog that is inapproachable.

  2. This is mutilation of a domestic animal

  3. paula eaton says:

    Ban and criminalize this cruelty.

  4. In Norway, and in a lot of other countries this has been forbidden for many years, also the cutting of the tail. This is animal abuse!!

    I am suprised that his is going on in the US.

  5. Dog’s ears are much more sensitive than human ears.Cropping will lessen their hearing ability. It’s a cruel act undoubtedly.So it should be illegalized without wasting time.

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