Before pick up a pup you should know - right after the reservation is confirmed you must to sign a COMMITMENT TERM declaring that you WILL NOT CROP THE PUP'S EARS, with new owner signature due regonized in the notice. Those who really love not only the pit bulls but all animals must respect them. We abolished this purely aesthetic practice, it does not bring any benefit to the dog, instead of it, only causes pain and suffering.
At the same time that we respect our dogs and the dogs produced here, it is necessary to approach the subject from a legal point of view. In Brazil ear cropping is not allowed, it is banned. The Federal Council of Veterinary Medicine (CFMV) prohibits surgeries considered unnecessary or that may impede the ability to express the animals' natural behavior. These surgical interventions purely for aesthetic purposes are considered mutilations and mistreatment against animals. The Federal Constitution prohibits practices that subject animals to cruelty (article 23, item VII and article 225, paragraph 1 and item VII) and article 32 of the Environmental Crimes Law (Law #9.605 of February 12, 1998) considers it a crime to abuse, mistreatment, injuring or maiming wild, domestic or domesticated, native or exotic animals. Therefore, anyone who performs this type of procedure on animals is committing an environmental crime and must respond civilly and criminally. The veterinarian who makes an intervention of this nature, if not for health reasons, will still be subject to an ethical-disciplinary process, as provided for in the Code of Ethics and the CFMV resolutionto combat ill-treatment (Law #1.236 /2018).
These surgeries are only admitted in specific cases, with clinical indications and as a way of treating the patient. “The animal with an ear affected by bicheira (myiasis), for example, without any chance of healing, may have the amputation of the ear recommended as an infection control measure, but for aesthetic purposes, the practice is considered a mutilation and, therefore, environmental crime”, explains veterinarian Liziè Buss, member of the Animal Welfare Commission of CFMV. Even in exceptional cases, such as those mentioned, the procedures must be performed exclusively by a veterinarian, following the surgical and anesthetic standards of excellence to guarantee animal welfare.
Liziè explains that dogs communicate using body language and facial expressions. Among these manifestations, the tail and the ear play an essential role. “Dogs that have very visible tails and ears achieve clearer communication with other animals, which reduces the occurrence of fights, and also improves the interpretation of signals for humans,” she says.
In addition, long-tailed dogs have this anatomical structure as a counterweight in races. "The crop ends up interfering with the animal's natural balance," she says. The ear crop, she adds, "exposes the ear canal, leaving it unprotected and vulnerable to the entry of insects and water, which can favor the occurrence of infections". The veterinarian says that both the tail and ear cropping are painful procedures for the animal. “Cropping a dog's tail means amputating part of the spine, cutting off the spinal cord. And the ear is a very irrigated and sensitive region, any cut usually causes a lot of discomfort to the animal ”, she guarantees.
You who love animals, need to know how to proceed to report cases of abuse, such as mistreatment, abandonment and cruelty. First of all, know the local laws that protect animals in cases of cruelty and neglect. Then, be sure that the problem is a case of mistreatment.
In Europe, this retrograde and cruel practice has been extinct since the end of 2011, when the legislation prohibiting the cutting of ears and tail of dogs, present in the European Convention for the Protection of Pets, officially entered into force throughout the European Union, according to the Italian newspaper Lastampa. The news comes after a long and tortuous legislative journey, after the confirmation of national law number 210 of November 2010, which canceled the penalty for anyone who submits an animal to the crop or amputation of the tail or ears, to the removal of the vocal cords, extraction of nails or teeth or other surgical interventions for aesthetic purposes. The European Convention for the Protection of Domestic Animals was signed in Strasbourg, on November 13, 1987, and prohibits dogs' keepers from committing any act that may cause pain or distress to the animal. Its main characteristics, already approved by parliament, are the duty to provide care for all needs, offer attention and affection, in addition to prohibiting abandonment. From now on, no one will be able to subject the dogs to mutilation of ears and tail for aesthetic reasons or to show them in canine beauty contests. The various associations in defense of animals have been waiting for this confirmation for a long time and our four-legged friends will also probably breathe a sigh of relief.
Owners may wish to cut their dogs' ears and often this desire stems from a lack of information, however for breeders this practice is unacceptable and no breeder can claim ignorance of the law by deliberately breaking it. This procedure is only intended to satisfy their Ego. In addition, we have the ethical question, every breeder aware of the law and who does not inform the future owner about the prohibition of aesthetic cropping will be prevaricating and the one who acquires a puppy in "good faith" and ends up choosing to crop dog's ears will be committing a crime and also will not be able to claim to unknow the law.
Making the legal aspect clear, we will now move on to the breeding principles adopted by Von Henik Bulldogs Kennel in relation to the breed standard of the APBT - American Pit Bull Terrier, with regard to the ideal shape of the ears. The "rose ears" are our morphological goal, in addition to being graceful, they harmonize very well with any head shape. With the stud Von Henik's Tae of Ro-Ki we obtained excellent results, since he has been able to correct the droopy ears and / or flattened ears. As the crop is made in the dog as a puppy, it is impossible to select the "rose ears" shape after the surgery, as it is impossible to visually check how the ears would look when the animal's complete raising, not to mention the cruelty that this act represents. The dog can not decide for itself and if it could choose, certainly it would choose to remain with its ears intact, so the crop would being made to satisfy only the personal vanity of the breeder or owner. The ethical behavior expected from those who call themselves BREEDERS, is a faithful follow of the rules and laws that govern life in society and that includes respecting the rights of the animals they claim to love. Unfortunately in many of these cases, financial interest prevails over animal rights. Beware of the puppy factories, in these places there are words of love and respect, but there is a lack of practical attitudes that demonstrate these feelings. In short, these "breeders" have a beautiful speech but a deplorable practice - they say one thing and do something else entirely.
Thus, even if some Von Henik pup is destined to countries where ear cropping is still allowed, NO Von Henik dogs will have their ears cropped, therefore the mandatory submission of the COMMITMENT TERM by the new owner, including notarized signature, a term that will be filed in the puppy's functional folder and its validity is for life. We understand that it is a cultural issue that needs to be fixed in order to keep the basic rights of our beloved pit bulls. Who loves protects.