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Western Canada Bans Ear Cropping

British Columbia joins a handful of countries (but not the U.S.) in banning the controversial procedure.

Jackie Brown  |  Mar 16th 2016


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The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia recently voted to ban veterinarians from performing cosmetic ear cropping on dogs.

Ear cropping is largely regarded as cruel and unnecessary. Man shows dog's uncropped ears by Shutterstock

Ear cropping is largely regarded as cruel and unnecessary. (Man shows dog’s uncropped ears by Shutterstock)

The province joins Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan, which have all banned the procedure. Australia, New Zealand, and some European countries have also outlawed the controversial surgery, which historically has been performed on certain breeds, including Doberman Pinschers and Great Danes. Cropping is legal in Ontario, Canada, as well as in the United States, although some states regulate the procedure. Veterinarians who defy the ban may be prosecuted under British Columbia’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

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About the author: Jackie Brown is a freelance writer specializing in the pet industry. She lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and adorable Miniature Poodle, Jäger, who is obsessed with fetch and killing all the toys. She is the former editor of Rescue Proud, Dog World, and Puppies 101. Follow her on Twitter or visit her website.