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The illegal practice of cropping dog's ears has doubled over the last year.
The RSPCA received 101 calls across the country last year related to ear cropping, a drastic increase on the 47 received in 2019. New figures show a 621% increase in the number of reports of ear cropping and cropped ears made to the animal welfare charity in the last six years.
From 2015 to 2020, the charity had a total of 279 reports of the practice made to its emergency hotline.
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It is mostly done for cosmetic purposes, and often leads to a number of health problems.
RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines said: “Ear cropping is a barbaric practice that is illegal in England & Wales.
"But, worryingly, we are seeing an upturn in the number of reports being made to our cruelty line about dogs with cropped ears and we’re extremely concerned that this trend is becoming increasingly normalised, glamorised and popular.