Ear cropping is illegal in Portugal unless performed by a certified vet for medical reasons. Ear Cropping was banned in Portugal on the 1st of January 1994. In modern times, ear cropping is banned in many nations, but is still legal in a limited number of countries.
For those of you who don’t know what ear cropping is, it is the removal of part or all of the external flaps of an animal’s ear. Usually, ear cropping is done on Dogs.
Historically, Ear cropping was performed on working dogs in order to decrease the risk of health complications, such as ear infections or hematomas. It is a sad thing, that people in some countries still, in modern days, crop the ears of dogs.
Ear Cropping was also performed on dogs that might need to fight, either while hunting animals that might fight back or while defending livestock herds from predators, or because they were used for pit-fighting sports such as dog fighting or bear-baiting. The ears were an easy target for an opposing animal to grab or tear.
Ear Cropping is illegal across most of Europe, including all countries that have ratified the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, and most member countries of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.
The procedure is usually done with Doberman Pinschers, Boxers, Boston Terriers, or Great Danes. Generally, ear cropping is performed when dogs are between 9 and 12 weeks old.
Some vets suggest that ear cropping isn’t painful as it is performed under anesthesia.
What do you think? Should Portugal allow ear cropping of dogs or animals? Let me know in the comment section below.
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