Who We Are
The Retaining our Rights to Crop, Dock and Dew claw removal group was formed in 2012.
We are a partnership of animal owners, breeders and breed club organizations dedicated to animal welfare, responsible breeding practices, and maintaining the rights of citizens to responsibly Dock, Crop and Dew claw remove our pets or breeding stock.
The pressure to ban this traditional husbandry practice comes from false and outdated beliefs and a lack of information about modern surgical techniques. Anesthetic drugs and techniques are so safe today that veterinarians anesthetize dogs for routine procedures such as teeth cleaning and treating deep ear infections. In addition there are new methods of cropping with lasers that are virtually bloodless and require less aftercare.
We are In OPPOSITION to The Canadian Veterinarian Medical Associations recommendations for breed associations change their breed standards so that cosmetic procedures are not required. As well as the constant pressure on each Provincial Veterinarian Medical Association or Veterinarian College to change their code of ethics to include by laws prohibiting veterinarians from performing ear cropping, tail docking and Dew claw removal on dogs for cosmetic purposes. With penalties ranging from, a letter of reprimand to termination of their veterinary license, and possible fines.
What we believe
RRCD supports reasonable laws designed to improve the well-being of animals and strongly opposes laws that ignore science and interfere with decisions that should be made by pet owners working in consultation with their veterinarians. We also support the rights of Veterinarians that chose to perform or pursue the advancement of these procedures. Many times Breeders and Veterinarians are called “Mutilators, or Butchers” when they should be held with the utmost respect in their field or profession.
Our members spread throughout the Provinces of Canada and represent of over 70 CKC accredited breed clubs with members ranging
from 20 to 200 members that strongly oppose, the proposed ear cropping, tail docking and Dew claw removal bans, because the decisions that have been made are based on a precedent that replaces the professional judgment of veterinarians with restrictions based on the beliefs of special interest advocates.
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