Assemblywoman Sandy Galef has introduced A. 11242, a bill to prohibit ear cropping and tail docking. It is imperative that New York fanciers and concerned dog owners contact their representatives immediately to oppose this legislation.
A person found guilty of tail docking would be guilty of a misdemeanor and could be sentenced up to one year in jail and/or fined up to $500. Ear copping would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1000.
In order to show or compete in any event, including conformation, field trials, performance events and companion events, an owner will have to prove that the dog's tail was docked prior to September 1, 2006 or the surgery was performed in another state.
Finally, the bill sets up a private right of action that would allow any dog owner or animal rights organization to sue a person who violates this section. Therefore an animal rights group could sue a breeder, owner or veterinarian under this proposal.
A. 11242 has been assigned to the Assembly Agriculture Committee, but a hearing date has not been announced. AKC will be posting new information as it becomes available. Please watch our web site for additional updates. To read the bill in its entirety please click here.
Points to Consider:
* When appropriate veterinary care is provided, ear cropping and tail docking are safe, acceptable practices.
* Owners, in close consultation with their veterinarians, should make informed decisions about their pets' health careónot the government.
* Once legislators determine they can ban certain elective procedures, they may be just a short step away from removing veterinarians' and owners' rights to make informed decisions about animal care and treatment.
* Purebred dog owners should also contact their veterinarians and urge them not to support A. 11242. Point out that veterinarians should be concerned about allowing the government and public opinion too much control over their practices.
* Share this information with other fanciers and dog clubs. We need everyone's help!
* Your voice is especially important if your representative sits on the Assembly Agriculture Committee.
sigh...... I am sure this is a heated battle between some groups... Utah has been trying to pass an animal cruelty bill for like 8 years with no success. Meanwhile people are getting so sensitive that they are attacking AKC standards in NY?
Utah residents would love someone to explain to our legislature why it should be a crime to mame and injur and neglect animals.... "Ear cropping and tail docking is a problem? I bet next you will be telling us there is somthing wrong with branding animals, too! "
i find it absolutely abhorrent that people injure, maim, set fire to, stab, kick, choke, skin , and torture animals everyday in this country and the offenders get nothing more then a slap on the wrist. yet crop an ear or dock a tail and you are a horrible human being and can be sued now for doing so.
does this country have its priorities screwed up or what ?
this topic can tend to get heated. hopefully this thread will not. i see no harm in docking and cropping if it is done by a vet and not someone doing it themselves to save a buck. the dog is put under anesthesia. he does not suffer. i agree with scout. and i also think that people need to focus more on enacting stiffer penalties for animal abusers instead of worrying about wether or not a dog is cropped and docked.
I think the law is absurd. Docking a tail when the pup is newborn, with anesthetic, DOES NOT hurt them AT ALL. It is far beyond cruel.
I would never own a springer spaniel with a full tail. Have you ever seen how fast they wag? They'd be knocking everything over in sight. Not to mention springers have feathering, (very long fur on the bottom), on Rileys little bitty tail he has a TON of feathering, that is enough trouble to keep burrs and everything out, if it was full he'd get himself hurt. No thanks.
This country does need to get its priorities straight.
I know just what you mean Riley! I grew up with a Springer and I'm suprised she doesn't wag her butt clean off...
My dad has a couple of Australian Sherpherds so I understand completely why some breeds are better off with docked tails. The occurence of injury to their tail would be a much great problem than the docking off it as a newborn.
I think people who make up these things know very little about dogs - especially new born dogs. Is the lady who proposed this a vet? Someone who's done extensive research into dogs and why they have docked tails and cropped ears?
And the people who often say docking is cruel don't understand how little newborns actually feel and how little sticks with them. I had a lady at my puppy class tonight say she would never again have dew claws removed on a dog (her puppy just has it done at 5 months). I had to stop her and ask why - she said "Because she was miserable for 2 days after they were taken off...". My answer " Don't you think she would have been more miserable if they had caught on a rug or something in your house and TORN off?" The surgery, under anesthetic and with pain killers post surgery, was much kinder.
The 5 minutes tail docking bothers a 3 day old puppy is nothing compared to how the dog would feel having to deal with a broken tail at 5 years old...
I agree with Scout; it's bordering on the ridiculous that when people get caught after having committed a horrible deed on an animal they are dealt with only lightly.
I am divided in the idea of cropping and docking; here in australia dogs have never been cropped and docking has become illegal 2 years ago in certain states. I like the look of a docked tail but I have to say that according to the RPSCA many dogs have suffered horribly due to having their tails docked by people that had no idea as to what they were doing, infection would often set it, dogs would die from shock, etc. I had mentioned on another forum that I didn't mind dogs being docked as long as this was done by an experienced vet using a local anaesthetic but was blasted for saying so, most people on this forum thought it was cruel and that if nature had intended for a dog to have a tail then it should be left alone. Instead of banning docking I feel that they should have allowed this to continue but to be performed by a vet only!! As far as cropping is concerned, I don't particularly like the look especially on certain breeds of dogs where most of the ear flap is butchered, surely that has got to be painful for the dog especially given that it is performed on an older pup...even though it may be performed under a general anaesthetic, once that wears off the dog must be under alot of discomfort I imagine. I am open to your opinion as I am no expert on this matter by far.
***Edited By: Ruby on 5/12/2006 2:35:00 AM*** Reason: added
NYS is finally doing somehting right. There's no reason to change a dogs appearance for cosmetic purpose. I own 2 APBT , and 3 in the past . I would never have thought about cropping my dogs ears. They have stayed natural the way god intended them to be.
I have to say that I am devided on this as well, personally I don't have an issue with docking, because it is better for some breeds. Some have problems with injuring their tails, as well hunting. And the docking is done at such a young age that the pup never really experiances any discomfort from the operation.
It is cropping, I dislike because it is often done improperly, and not cared for properly by in-experianced owners. A docking is done at the young age and the breeder cares for it if their are any problems. I have seen many dogs of almost every cropped breed that the ears don't stand up because someone didn't take proper care, and the pup sometimes suffers for it.
i don't have much of a problem with people doing it, but i really don't agree with stopping all tail docking because some of those long, thin tails are like whips when they get going. and like said above, they aren't too safe with hunting.
Ear cropping is not something I really like, but, its not the governments place to make that law, IMO. Maybe if its done where it does cause severe pain to the pet, it could be a crime. But a newborn pup getting a tail docked could not care less, and my dogs don't seem to miss their tails, so why should the government?
You know what, if theyre making it illegal because its "mutilation" we might as well and go ahead and ban spaying and neutering. Who is to say its not mutilation to remove a dogs organs and testicles? That causes them more pain than any tail being docked.