RSPCA – Alarming Rise in Illegal Ear Cropping
Ear cropping is illegal in England and Wales under Section 5 (Mutilation) of the Animal Welfare Act (2006) for good reason.
The RSPCA recorded a 150+% increase over the past two years in dogs reported with cropped ears. According to the animal charity there has been a heavy rise in reports of dogs either—
- having ears cropped illegally in the UK
- being imported from abroad with ears cropped
- being sent abroad to have the procedure done in countries where it is legal practice.
Sadly there are dishonest, unethical vets in the UK willing to carry out illegal procedures, but it’s common for dogs to be mutilated by their owners, without anaesthetic. In one recent case a rescued dog had been subjected to being restrained while the owner hacked off the ears with a pair of scissors.
Regardless who performs this barbaric act, the excruciating pain and abject fear these dogs endure is unimaginable – all for the sake of a ‘look’, because there is absolutely no valid reason, medical or otherwise, for cropping a dog’s ears.
Little Rascals’ Employees
There can’t be many people who would trust a dog owner, a dog breeder, or an employee of a dog breeder who endorses ear cropping, particularly when the dog belongs to someone resident in the UK—
A Little Rascals‘ Kennel Manager, Catalin Banghea, breeds and sells Cane Corso puppies from parents with cropped ears and docked tails. In fact the puppies he sells are photographed on Little Rascals‘ property, in the same area they use to promote their own puppies for sale—
Mr Banghea also breeds and sells English Bulldog puppies. As described in our previous post [Bulldog Puppies for Sale], Little Rascals advertised Banghea‘s Bull Dog puppies for sale on their own website and he advertised them on Pets4Homes using the alias “Emanual B“.
Business and Customer Care Manager
Amy Allen, Little Rascals‘ so-called “Business and Customer Care Manager” also seems to advocate ear cropping, if her Facebook page is anything to go by [link]. Perhaps there is a financial reason for Allen to publicise Banghea’s dogs.
(Banghea and Allen’s photos are currently public- see Facebook terms S2(4) below*).
Catalin Banghea‘s breeding bitches and the young male dog appear on Amy Allen‘s page, and a closer look at the dog’s ears shows that they were still healing.
Mr Banghea has been in the UK for a number of years and worked for Little Rascals since at least 2016, and this dog was under a year old when the photos were taken—
Cutting back the ears has always carried the lame argument that in some breeds it’s more healthy to have virtually no protective ear flap. It’s mindless drivel, and in the majority of cases ear cropping is so severe (as in Banghea‘s dogs) no protection for the inner ear is left.
‘Health’ reasoning is claptrap because the breeds which are most prone to ear problems (Basset Hounds, Blood Hounds, Spaniels, etc) are specifically bred to have large floppy ears.
Cropping a dog’s ears is purely cosmetic – it’s entirely about the ‘look’ of the breed and a pathetic, infantile assumption that it makes the dog look more aggressive in order for the inadequate wimp of an owner to appear masculine and dominant.
“Unfortunately the RSPCA suspects ear cropping takes place within England and Wales, while some dogs are imported from abroad with cropped ears. We would urge prospective buyers not to purchase a dog with cropped ears.
We would encourage vets who come across dogs with cropped ears to raise their concerns with the RSPCA by telephoning our 24-hour cruelty hotline on 0300 1234 999 [or report online].”
“When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people not on Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e. your name and profile picture)”