No reason

Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association bans tail docking and ear cropping.

“In my opinion, Dobermans and Great Danes look great with their ears down and their long tails, so there’s no reason to mutilate them by causing them to meet an arbitrary breed characteristic that has been around for so long that we can’t remember why it’s been around in the first place,” said Dr. Frank Woodbury, a veterinarian in Halifax.

Mary Spinelli, a Doberman breeder in Dartmouth, disputes any suggestion that ear cropping and tail docking is cruel, and therefore can’t see any need for the new rules.

“There was no impetus from anybody in the dog community to say, ‘Please, consider this procedure,'” she said.

“These procedures have been performed for the better part of 100 years. They’re not new, they’re not revolutionary and, by and large, they’re not cruel. They’re done in proper conditions.”

Spinelli said a Doberman’s tail is removed when the animal is about two days old, while the ears are cropped at eight weeks.

She finds it hypocritical that the veterinary association is still allowing the declawing of cats.

“They have no qualms whatsoever about declawing cats, which is a far more invasive procedure done when the cat is significantly older,” she said.


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