Celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment are coming under increasing pressure not to share photographs of dogs that have had their ears docked.
By, 2 Jul 2019
The recent duo to be criticised by on-liners this week are singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock and football player Andy Carroll, both of whom have snapped selfies with dogs that are missing the tips of their ears.
Docking of a dog’s tail and ears is, unless a medical necessity, banned in the UK. The procedure was made illegal in 2007 by the Animal Welfare Act.
The RSPCA acknowledges that some dogs imported from foreign countries may already have been docked in some way. But in April last year, it also reported a dramatic 157% rise in cases within the UK, reports the Express newspaper.
Of the surge of this type of “mutilation” RSPCA officer Mike Cuthbert said: "There is absolutely no reason to do it. They go through horrific trauma when it happens. Even with anaesthetic, it's not nice for them.
“When it’s done without it's just barbaric.
“I find it absolutely disgusting when somebody mutilates an animal - and it is mutilation just for what they the owners want."
The latest spat between animal lovers and celebrities stems from images posted online of dogs that have been docked.
Despite being met with a tirade of disapproval, Pinnock and boyfriend Andre Gray said, “neither of them agreed with the op,” according to The Sun. Of their dog Kyro, Gray added that the cropping of its ears was "not their decision”, and “just because he got the dog as a surprise for her it didn’t mean they supported the procedure.”
The fact remains that many followers of celebrities are tempted to copy their idols in what they wear, eat and how they behave. A celebrity's promotion of dock-eared dogs is liable only to lead to more instances of the hateful practice.