|New York Bill Would Prohibit Ear Cropping and Tail Docking
As many fanciers are now aware, New York State Assemblywoman Sandy
Galef has introduced A. 11242, a bill to prohibit ear
cropping and tail docking. We need your help. Inform your fellow club
members and other concerned dog owners that it is imperative that all
fanciers and concerned dog owners contact lawmakers and urge them to
oppose this bill. If you live in New York state, contact your representative
and the members of the New York State Agriculture Committee immediately
and call for their opposition to this legislation. Even if you don’t
live in New York, you can help.
Under A. 11242, a person found guilty of tail docking
would be guilty of a misdemeanor and could be sentenced up to one year
in jail and/or fined up to $500. Ear cropping would be a misdemeanor
punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
In order to show or compete in any event, including conformation, field
trials, performance events and companion events, an owner will have
to prove that the dog’s tail was docked prior to September 1,
2006, or that the surgery was performed in another state.
Finally, the bill sets up a private right of action that would allow
any dog owner or animal rights organization to sue a person who violates
this section. Therefore, an animal rights group could sue a breeder,
owner or veterinarian under this proposal.
Even fanciers who do not live in New York can influence legislators
to oppose this bill because your participation in AKC events affects
New York’s economy. In 2005, 382 AKC sanctioned events were conducted
in New York with 108,085 different exhibitors. In a recent survey on
the economic impact of dog shows, AKC found that individual dog show
exhibitors spend an average of $320 per weekend. Based on those numbers,
AKC events in New York contributed approximately $35 million to local
economies through participants' spending on lodging, food, entertainment
Although this legislation may only affect those whose breeds are cropped
and docked, it sets a horrible and dangerous precedent by allowing the
government to dictate to owners and veterinarians what medical care
is appropriate for our animals. This slippery slope may only address
ear cropping and tail docking today, but spaying and neutering, dewclaw
removal, and a host of other issues will not be far behind. It is the
principle, not just the procedure, to which AKC and responsible fanciers
must be opposed. This bill truly affects the rights of all dog owners’,
and we need everyone’s help to defeat it.
AKC has established a special Action
Center to assist fanciers in their efforts to oppose this dangerous
bill. Visit the center for a sample opposition letter, a Call to Action
flyer for fanciers to distribute to other concerned dog owners, as well
as a host of other information on this topic. We need all voices. Copy
and distribute the Call to Action flier at club meetings and events,
and write your letter today to defeat A. 11242!