Archive for March, 2010

Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association Curbs Cosmetic Surgery

ns-dobermanAn article posted this week by CBC titled “NS veterinarians ban tail docking” announced that the NSVMA has forbidden its members from performing any surgical procedures intended solely to alter an animal’s appearance. Among the procedures affected are tail docking and ear cropping.

This is a step that is long overdue. These surgeries are predominantly driven by purely human conceptions of what an animal needs to look like; either to project a desired image, or to be in “proper” conformance with “breed standards”. This begs the question of just how surgically altering the appearance of a living organism, so that it no longer looks, or  is able to function, the way Nature intended, is in any way an improvement for the animal. Read the rest of this entry »