On occasion, I have been critical of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). So it is appropriate that I now commend them for taking the proper ethical stand. In November 2008, the AVMA Executive Board approved the following revision to AVMA policy.
“The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes. The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards.”
As a veterinarian and generally a proud member of the AVMA, I am pleased to see the profession advance ethical standards. It is not always easy. Yet, as individual veterinarians and as a group we should always place animal welfare first.