"The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes.
The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards."
In response to the above AVMA characterization The American Kennel Club stated that labeling
these procedures as "cosmetic" is a " severe mischaracterization that connotes a lack of respect and
knowledge of history and the function of purebred dogs."
In the recommendations background, the responsible committee explained to the
AVMA Executive Board that there is little scientific evidence that d/c/dc benefits or disadvantages dogs.
American Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare Division peer reviewed studies on select purebreds were inconclusive. As a result, further well-controlled studies d/c/dc needs to be performed in order to fully gauge the implications to animal health and welfare.
The American Kennel Club was being lobbied for participation in submission's proposed study, which would further expand the scope and scale of the research that will be garnered.
The Association for the Preservation of Purebred Dogs and the Canadian Kennel club met with Jan Robinson, Registrar & CEO
Shiloh T.., Senior Partner, Licensing and Investigation and Kim Lambert of the Ontario Veterinarian College to discuss a similar scientific research program on tail docking and dewclaw removal, .
November 18, 2016
Information on scientific research program to be posted in following days..