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Is ear cropping of dogs legal in Australia?

The RSPCA is opposed to ear cropping because it is painful, inhumane, and unnecessary. Ear cropping is illegal in all Australian states and territories.

Ear cropping is a surgical procedure involving partial or full removal of the external ear flaps for cosmetic purposes. Breeders of certain dog breeds once routinely cropped the ears of young puppies, using shears, scissors or razor blades.

Removal of the external ear flaps (ear cropping) is prohibited in all Australian states and territories unless there is a medical/therapeutic reason for the procedure, and only registered veterinarians are permitted to perform the surgery.

State/TerritoryLegal? (Yes/No)Name of relevant act/special conditions and requirements
ACTNoThe Animal Welfare Act 1992 prohibits ear cropping
NSWNoThe Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 prohibits ear cropping
NTNoThe Animal Protection Act 2018 prohibits ear cropping
QLDNoThe Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 prohibits ear cropping
SANoThe Animal Welfare Regulations 2012 prohibits ear cropping
TASNoThe Animal Welfare Act 1993 prohibits ear cropping
VICNoThe Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 prohibits ear cropping
WANoThe Animal Welfare Act 2002 makes it an offence to mutilate an animal

If you suspect a dog’s ears have been cropped for non-medical reasons, notify the RSPCA in your state or territory.

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Updated on May 9, 2024
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