Canadian Kennel Club: Change Breed Standards, Don't Change the Dog. End the Mutilation!
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Approx 30 countries have outlawed tail docking, a procedure that the UK veterinarian association calls “UNJUSTIFIED MUTILATION.” The American Veterinary Medicine Association opposes ear cropping and tail docking done for cosmetic purposes AND encourages their elimination from breed standards.
There is NO scientific evidence that cosmetic surgeries provide welfare or medical benefit to animals: Evidence suggests that some cosmetic procedures cause ACUTE AND CHRONIC pain and are DETRIMENTAL to canine behaviour.
MORE Canadian organizations are BANNING MUTILATIONS:
- The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association opposes the alteration of any animal by surgical or other invasive methods for cosmetic or competitive purposes. They strongly encourage breed associations to CHANGE BREED STANDARDS so that cosmetic surgeries are not required.
- Provincial veterinary association in 6 PROVINCES prohibit their veterinarians from performing cosmetic surgeries (NL, PE, NS, NB, MB, SK).
- Cosmetic surgery is ILLEGAL under the provincial Animal Health and Protection Act in Newfoundland and Labrador. The same will soon apply in Nova Scotia.
To meet breed standards, dog owners go offshore or perform the BARBARIC MUTILATIONS in their backyards without anesthesia.
The CANADIAN KENNEL CLUB (CKC) is the primary registry body for purebred dogs in Canada. It recognizes 175 breeds, has approximately 20,000 members and over 700 breed clubs. It registers purebred dogs, regulates dog shows and performance events, and speaks out on major issues concerning dog ownership and the HEALTH and WELFARE of dogs across Canada. If they used their POWERFUL VOICE to speak against cosmetic mutilations and changed their breed standards the demand for the surgeries would significantly decrease AND THE SUFFERING WOULD END.
TO THE CANADIAN KENNEL CLUB: TAKE THE LEAD WITH BREED ASSOCIATIONS TO CHANGE BREED STANDARDS. CRUELTY-FREE STANDARDS WILL END THE SUFFERING.
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