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Ricky Gervais signs petition to end 'horrific' cosmetic procedure for dogs

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Ricky Gervais has put his support behind an RSPCA campaign to stop cruel breeders cropping dog's ear. The actor and comedian called the practice 'horrific and disgusting.'

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 22/03/2021, 17:00

Ear cropping involves trimming off part of a dog's ears, making them stand up rather than flop down. It was introduced by hunters who wanted to improve their working dog's performance and reduce injuries. For example, scenthounds would often get their ears caught on thorns and brambles when chasing prey.

But that was then. And now that our pups live a life of domestic bliss, there's no excuse for ear cropping. But some breeders and owners still crop puppy ears. Why? Because they think it makes dogs look cuter.

Ricky Gervais calls for an end to ear-cropping

And the real dog-people have had enough of this unnecessary practice. So that's why celebrity dog-lover Ricky Gervais decided to team up with the RSPCA to stop ear cropping once and for all.

Gervais signed a petition that calls on the government to close legal loopholes that allow owners and unscrupulous breeders to continue ear cropping unpunished. 

"It's horrific to think that something as barbaric as ear cropping still goes on," said Gervais. "It causes these poor dogs so much suffering, and it's completely unnecessary. To think anyone would do this to an animal just for the sake of image is disgusting."

Petitions with over 100,000 signatures automatically trigger a parliamentary debate. So far, this one has over 750,000! 

But that debate needs to happen soon. The RSPCA has seen a 621% increase in ear cropping reports during the last six years.

Change is on the way

A couple from Warwickshire was recently disqualified from keeping animals for life after arranging ear cropping for their American Bully puppies.


👩‍⚖️ A couple from #Warwickshire have been disqualified from keeping animals for life after admitting to illegally...

Posted by RSPCA (England & Wales) on Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The pair were also sentenced to 18-month community orders, including 100 hours of unpaid work and a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement. But many other people are still going unpunished. Thankfully, it looks like change is one the way. Let's hope it happens fast!

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