Ear Cropping and Tail DockingFIAPO Action: Tail docking and ear cropping a punishable offence in India !!
Historically, tail docking was thought to prevent rabies, strengthen the back, increase the animal's speed, and prevent injuries when ratting, fighting, and baiting.
Ear cropping is the surgical removal of portions of a dogs ears.
Tail Docking means removal or amputation of tail.
Both procedures are to be carried out surgically under the influence of anesthesia and in sterile conditions, however there are several instances where this ethic is flouted.
In both cases, the removals serve no medical purpose and is entirely to fulfil human whims. Critics point out that kennel clubs with breed standards that do not make allowance for uncropped or undocked dogs, put pressure on owners and breeders to continue the practice.
Both the procedures are very painful for the animal and is a form of mutilation. Even after surgery, the animal continues to suffer as a result of the neuroma formation at the site of docking.
Today, many countries have banned cropping and docking because they consider the practices cruel and a form of mutilation.
The federation is happy to share with you the news that the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has issued an advisory stating that non- therapeutic tail docking and cropping of ears amounts to mutilation, it constitutes cruelty to animals and is a punishable offence as per the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The order came in response to the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO) petitioning the AWBI on this matter and presenting evidence from across the world where these practices have been prohibited.
This advisory is a significant step forward, which will not only save pups from cosmetic surgeries but will provide AWOs, SPCAs and animal activists the necessary tool for bringing the perpetrators of this practice to book.
There is a need for all of us to act as crusaders for animal reforms in India and it will only be possible by putting in joint effort to implement such progressive orders in our individual capacities.
Every effort counts and every action will help little pups to escape mutilation! We'll post more info on actions here soon