Position Statement

Ear cropping

American Humane Association does not have an official position on the issue of ear cropping; however, American Humane Association does oppose cosmetic surgery on animals when performed solely for the convenience of the caregiver.

Elective surgical procedures can cause postoperative discomfort and pain, as well as future physical effects. Many veterinarians refuse to surgically “crop” the ears of animals because the procedure is particularly painful and has a long recovery period.

American Humane Association opposes this cosmetic procedure unless it is medically necessary, as determined by a licensed veterinarian.