Mutilated for money
Dogs need their ears, but all it takes is a few clicks in the right places to find so many dogs being sold without them.
Bred to look ‘tough’ and make a fortune for their breeders, dogs with cropped ears are a growing trend. Sadly, ear cropping is a traumatic procedure and can cause a huge amount of pain and suffering.
Don’t buy into the trend
Ear cropping is a completely unnecessary process where the ear flap is shaped or removed, sometimes using scissors and knives. In many cases it is done by irresponsible breeders who want to sell them at a higher price.
While those who practise ear cropping claim it helps protect dogs against injury and infections, it is in fact untrue.
The procedure is often done on puppies without any vet intervention or anaesthetic, which can result in long-term pain. Cutting a dog’s ears can also harm their ability to communicate. Their social skills are impaired, impacting the dog’s behaviour.
Cropping a dog’s ears is already illegal under the Animal Welfare Act, but that hasn’t stopped unscrupulous breeders from doing it.
Criminals are mutilating dogs, and cashing in
Sadly, breeding dogs and cropping their ears is profitable and a litter of puppies with cropped ears is a quick way to cash in. Litters can be worth tens of thousands of pounds, and people are making a huge business out of the pain of helpless dogs.
Social media plays an important role
A quick search through Facebook and Instagram reveals many UK-based accounts that promote and sell dogs with cropped ears. Social media has a big role to play and should enforce strict consequences for people who use the platforms to glorify animal cruelty.
Help us take action by writing to Meta and asking them to crack down on the accounts of unscrupulous breeders and sellers promoting ear cropping.
We’re all ears for change
We’re working in collaboration with Hope Rescue in Wales to help spread awareness about the cruelty of ear cropping. Hope Rescue has helped dozens of dogs and puppies who have had their ears brutally cut off.
Our figures released in 2022 show a rise in ear cropping. A 621% increase in the number of reports of ear cropping and cropped ears raised with us in the last six years. In 2022, we had a total of 391 calls related to ear cropping.
Henry arrived in the care of Hope Rescue as a stray in May 2022, after receiving a call from a concerned member of the public. Henry was emaciated, unable to stand and had his ears cropped. He wasn't microchipped so this meant he had either been imported illegally or had his ears cropped illegally here in the UK
Henry was a very nervous boy when he first arrived, and after receiving emergency vet care, he has come on leaps and bounds. Henry does have ongoing medical problems which require regular visits to a specialist vets however, with the wonderful care of his foster family, Henry copes with it all like a trooper.
In 2022, 15 week old Bully came into our care after one of our inspectors was sent to investigate his case. Sadly, both ear flaps were cut, exposing the cartilage. There was no evidence of any ordinary surgical technique, sutures or dressings. Sadly, Bully was subjected to an unnecessary procedure that regardless of care, always implicates discomfort and pain. A man was convicted for animal cruelty offences and Bully has now been rehomed with a loving family.
Diesel, Moose, Jed, Vera, Lyla and Peanut
In 2020, six puppies were rescued by the RSPCA during an illegal cropping procedure.
The police found three sedated puppies having just had their ears cropped and the other three puppies were in a dog crate. Also discovered were vet products including scissors, metal clamps, gloves and three empty bottles of Sedivet and Ketamine plus the tips of six cut ears.
The men were arrested and all of the evidence including the six puppies was seized. The RSPCA undertook a full investigation and all puppies were found loving new homes.
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