Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Well..I can't help but think that there's nothing to complain about. If someone wants to crop their Dane's ears, who has the right to tell them they can't? Danes often get ear infections, and the cropping of their ears greatly reduce that chance. I can't say much on the topic of docking a dog's tail, since our beagles don't get docked since they're far from the rabbit we're shooting. But, if I had a working draft, be it for logging, carriage rides, etc, I would dock their tail. That horse is obviously a working horse for me, to help ME make money. Why on earth would I waste time I could be working to braid that horse's giant draft tail? I wouldn't, there just isn't enough time in the day. Of course I would take responsibility that they cannot swish flies, so they will have a stall during the day and fly spray like no other while they're working. BUT, it is not cruel if you own up to the fact that you ought to go out of your way to make that horse comfortable now..not a prince/princess, but comfortable from the flies it would have been able to swish away had you not altered it.
As for the debarking, declawing, and neuter/spay..I agree with Dead Rabbit. A dog (or even a horse, to be honest), was made with reproductive organs, but they were also made with full ears and tails. We're fine to take away their reproduction for our sake (yes, that includes overpopulation, we aren't god, so we shouldn't try to control that, right?), but we cannot crop their ears for cosmetic or health reasons, or dock their tails for hunting, cosmetic, or the fact that when he wags it he causes bruises on everyone it hits? I'm truely not seeing the difference.
In my honest opinion, animals are pretty much only here to breed...they have nothing else on their minds unless a human interjects. If we want our dog to look a certain way, do you think the dog gives a rat's ass? The dog won't remember but for a split second that it's tail was cut, or it's ears were cropped, they don't dwell on things like we do.
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