Unexpected opinion piece from Noisy Dog!
Actually, it’s just some thoughts. To preface, docking is now illegal here in the UK (unless you can get a vets cert. that the dogs are for working purposes).
I don’t understand the argument I hear from Americans that docking is purely and/or primarily a “freedom of choice” issue, ie. making it illegal removes their freedom of choice to dock or not.
Which … yes, yes it does remove the choice. It takes the position that removing your dog’s limb is cruel and unnecessary, and you shouldn’t be allowed to do that.
By making the docking debate about freedom of choice, you come across as incredibly obstinate and close-minded. It’s the “This is how I’ve always done it don’t tell me what to do!” argument. Make the docking debate about ability to work, about ability to move and perform, make it about pain/lack of pain in 2-5day old puppies, even make it about tradition and aesthetics, if you have to. I’m open to listening to all those arguments, because they provide a reason which is at least partially based on your dog.
I suspect this is a cultural boundary that I can’t get my head around.
P.S. I know, I know. It IS a cultural boundary, and it’s currently particularly contentious due to the breeder-restriction laws and the bizarre hold PETA et al have in the States.
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