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To what extent is mutilation of pets for aesthetic or practical reasons unethical?

Tail docking, ear cropping, declawing, debarking, wing clipping, debeaking, dubbing and castration... what is your opinion on the matter? In many countries there is no restriction on animal mutilation. Should these practices be mostly banned, as in Europe? Or can they be considered ethical? Let us know!

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  • Mar 9 2013: An argument can be made that tail docking may prevent injuries to tails in hunting dogs. When my dog was a puppy he wagged his tail so violently that he would cause it to bleed. He has grown out of it though.

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