Letter: ‘Acceptable practice’ is cruel

Why worry about a little hair spray, hair dye or teeth whitening when purebred dog owners in the U.S. are still mutilating puppies by docking (cutting off) their tails and painfully cropping and then taping, for weeks, their sensitive ears?

True dog lovers should stand up to the AKC, which defends this cruelty as an “acceptable practice integral to defining and preserving breed character,” like most of the rest of the countries in the world.

Research shows that dogs use their tails and ears to transmit social cues to other dogs such as fear, caution and playfulness. A tailless dog may not be able to communicate its mood and may even grow up to be antisocial or, worse, aggressive.

— Megan Hughes