TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), in
response to recently announced changes to the Manitoba Veterinary
Medical Association's by-laws banning cosmetic ear cropping plus
pending directives to veterinarians in other provinces would like to
reiterate to the larger community of veterinarians, dog breeders, dog
owners and the general public that none of the 175 Canadian Kennel Club
breed standards require that a dog have cropped ears. We continue to
support those veterinarians still able to provide the service and
believe that they and breeders deserve the right to choose this
procedure and that of tail docking and dew claw removal. Choosing to
obtain such services through veterinary professionals will guarantee
they are performed under the most humane of circumstances and
consistent with similar practices in the livestock industry.
The Canadian Kennel Club is attentive to changing societal values with
respect to purebred dogs and affirms that docked tails are a
significant part of the history of many breeds. Breeders continue this
practice for historical reasons but primarily due to safety concerns
with working dogs. The Canadian Kennel Club supports breeders whose
breeds have traditionally been docked.
The Canadian Kennel Club does not believe that a ban on ear cropping,
tail docking and removal of dewclaws will stop the practice because
these services continue to be available in other countries including
the United States.
The Canadian Kennel Club supports the Canadian veterinary community and
encourages continued choice for the veterinary practitioner to provide
these services to those individuals seeking them.
As an adherent to the Animal Pedigree Act and operating under the
auspices of Agriculture Canada the Canadian Kennel Club is the primary
registry for purebred dogs in Canada. Founded in 1888 the CKC continues
to protect the interests of purebred dogs and their owners through the
promotion of responsible dog ownership across Canada.
The Canadian Kennel Club is a non profit membership organization with
approximately 20,000 members nationally.
For further information regarding the Canadian Kennel Club visit www.ckc.ca and click on Resources then follow links to Breed Standards, Policy
Statements, and Responsible Dog Ownership.
For further information on the Canadian Kennel Club view on this issue
contact Sonny Allinson, Manager Communications at 416-674-3678 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>
SOURCE The Canadian Kennel Club
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