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New in the Legislative Action Center: Updated Crop/Dock/Debark Issue Analysis
December 7, 2021 by AKC Government Relations

Animal rights groups in Oregon are circulating petitions to put a measure on the 2022 ballot that could, among many other restrictions, criminalize ear cropping, tail docking, and bark softening. 

In the summer of 2021, a resolution was introduced in the California Assembly that, if passed, would have essentially stated the Assembly’s opposition to ear cropping, tail docking, and other veterinary procedures. 

Ear cropping, tail docking, dewclaw removal, and bark softening (often incorrectly referred to as “debarking”) are procedures that are misunderstood and misconstrued.  As a result, legislators will seek to ban or significantly restrict these acts in a misguided effort to protect animals.  

These procedures, however, when performed properly and with veterinary supervision, actually can significantly benefit the lives of dogs.  It is essential for legislators to hear the facts and truth. 

To help better communicate with lawmakers on this issue, AKC Government Relations is pleased to provide an updated article entitled “Dispelling the Myths of Cropped Ears, Docked Tails, Dewclaws, and ‘Debarking’”.  This is the latest in our series of printable, two-page Issue Analysis documents designed to provide details and facts on significant canine policy issues to help you effectively advocate for your dogs. 

For more information on this and other policy issues, be sure to visit the AKC Legislative Action Center at www.akcgr.org and click on the “Key Issues” tab at the top of the page.  

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