Nova Scotia Outlaws Animal Ear Cropping, Tail Docking and More

Nova Scotia just took a firm stand against mutilating animals for cosmetic reasons.

Cosmetic surgery that alters an animal’s appearance will no longer be permitted in the Canadian province unless medically necessary and carried out by a veterinarian. This includes procedures such as tail docking, ear cropping, debarking and declawing, according to a government news release.

Of course, those with a vested interest in performing this kind of surgery on companion animals are not pleased.

“It’s kind of a disappointing day for Nova Scotians involved with purebred dogs,” Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) spokesperson Emily Gratton told Global News Canada. “We’re probably going to see the extinction of some breeds. Some people who export their dogs — nobody’s going to want those dogs with long tails and ears.”

True, for those seeking “breed perfection” — and the frankly obscene practice of slicing off pieces of a dog or cat to achieve such standards — these updates to the Animal Protection Act will be problematic.

Well, cry me a river. I find it difficult to weep for the people whose livelihood depends on breeding and selling cosmetically altered (or, in truth, any) animals.

The Nova Scotia SPCA has the right idea. According to Jo-Anne Landsburg, provincial inspector, it’s time for the CKC to update its breeding and showing requirements.

“We want the Canadian Kennel Club to change their standards to allow dogs in show rings, working dogs, to allow for tails, natural ears. We’re looking to them to actually change their process,” she told Global News Canada.

The cosmetic surgery ban wasn’t the only change implemented by Bill 27, An Act to Protect Animals and to Aid Animals in Distress. The Act includes additional protections:

  • Animal fighting is now prohibited and violations are enforceable.
  • An inspector or peace officer may

(a) at any reasonable hour of the day or night, enter and inspect any premises, other than a private dwelling place;
(b) conduct any test;
(c) seize any animal or carcass to conduct tests;
(d) seize any animal in accordance with the Act;
(e) take samples; and
(f) take any action considered necessary or advisable by the inspector or peace officer.

  • Animal welfare inspection and enforcement will be strengthened.
  • Inspectors appointed under the act will be better able to enforce existing court orders restricting animal ownership.
  • The Animal Welfare Appeal Board process will include public hearings.

Bravo, Nova Scotia. It’s time we put our full attention toward improving the welfare of animals. We need to stop mutilating dogs and cats to suit our strange desires. We likewise need to better treat our farmed animals — with an eye toward one day never having a “farmed” animal anywhere.

We treat animals as through they’re here to entertain, clothe or feed us. In truth, they’re here because, well, they’re here. This is their planet too. Humans need to start sharing the Earth, not presiding over it.

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John W
John W7 days ago


Emma L
Emma L27 days ago

thank you for sharing

Michael F
Michael Friedmannabout a month ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

Paulo R
Paulo R1 months ago

this is great news, thank you Nova Scotia!

Daniel N
Daniel N2 months ago

thank you

Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Should be banned worldwide . Thank you for caring and sharing

Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Deplorable and sickening . Thank you for caring and sharing

Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

Cruel BASTARDS. Thank you for caring and sharing

Glennis W
Glennis W2 months ago

So it should be . Thank you for caring and sharing

Janis K
Janis K2 months ago

Thanks for sharing.