A ban on ear cropping has been incorporated into a funding
bill (SB 1548) for the California Veterinary Medical Board. As part of
that agency's funding, the board would be required to enforce the ban.
Authored by Senator Liz Figueroa with assistance from the Association of
Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR), this bill makes it a misdemeanor
for any person - veterinarian or otherwise - to crop the ears of a dog or
to procure the cropping of a dog's ears, unless for therapeutic purposes.
While ear cropping is already banned in many European
countries, such as Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom, this law would
be the first ear cropping ban implemented in the United States.
The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
supports the bill. Consider these important polling statistics, revealed
during a recent poll of CVMA veterinarians:
* 74% think that veterinarians should not perform
ear-cropping surgeries when there is no medical justification;
* 86% agreed that the procedure results in pain during the
post-operative period; and
* 56% support legislation banning the practice.
If veterinarians, animal control authorities and animal
welfare organizations are united in their support this ban, you may be
wondering why its passage isn't secure.
The major opponent to this legislation is the American
Kennel Club (AKC). Despite the fact that very few veterinarians in
California are even willing to perform the surgery, the AKC continues to
maintain the archaic policy that "ear cropping, as described in certain
breed standards, is an acceptable practice integral to defining and
preserving breed character and/or enhancing good health."
Due to pressure from the AKC and breeders, the Governor's
Office has indicated that Governor Schwarzenegger will not sign SB 1548
with the ear-cropping ban included. Perhaps the Governor doesn't realize
that this bill is important to the same constituency that reacted with
outrage to his recent proposal to repeal the Hayden legislation.
What You Can Do:
Please write a polite support letter as soon as possible
for SB 1548, specifically mentioning your support for the ear cropping
ban, to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841, press 7
To send an email, visit:
Tell the Governor that:
* The sole purpose of these unnecessary surgeries is to
alter the appearances of dogs for cosmetic reasons. Dogs often suffer from
pain associated with the surgery, recovery and complications that can
* Many dogs - especially those used in illegal
dog-fighting - suffer tremendously from ear cropping done at home by
* This law would give animal control and police
authorities the ability to prosecute people who engage in this cruel
activity. It is also another tool to help identify those involved in
* A veterinarian's primary responsibility should be the
welfare of their patients rather than the aesthetic preferences of their
guardians or to satisfy archaic standards imposed by breeding
Also, supporters are needed to attend the Assembly
Appropriations hearing on August 4 in Sacramento. Please email pam @avar
.org (close spaces)if you're able to attend.
Thank you for helping the animals! To keep up with current
CA legislative action alerts, please bookmark www.uan.org.
Advocacy & Communications Director
United Animal Nations
PO Box 188890
Sacramento, CA 95818
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