Joey Essex comes under fire from animal rights activists for sharing photo of dog with cropped ears

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‘What a terrible example to be setting’: Joey Essex comes under fire from animal rights activists for sharing photo of dog with cropped ears

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Joey Essex has faced backlash after he shared a photo of a new dog, who appeared to have its ears cropped. 

The reality star, 32, took to social media to introduce his fans to the Dobermann puppy, writing: ‘newest member’ – in a post which has since been deleted.

But many people took issue with the fact that the dog’s ears were sticking up, a hallmark of ear cropping – a practice which is illegal in the UK.

Criticism: Joey Essex has faced backlash after he shared a photo of a new dog, who appeared to have its ears cropped

Criticism: Joey Essex has faced backlash after he shared a photo of a new dog, who appeared to have its ears cropped

Ear cropping¬†is a painful process where a dog’s outer ears are removed altogether or are surgically altered, with the tips or huge sections of the outer ear being cut off.

The practice is illegal in England and Wales, under Section 5 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Despite this, the RSPCA has reported that it is becoming more normalised due to an increase in celebrities owning cropped dogs, for cosmetic reasons.

The reality star, 32, took to social media to introduce his fans to a pet Dobermann puppy, writing: 'newest member'

The reality star, 32, took to social media to introduce his fans to a pet Dobermann puppy, writing: 'newest member'

The reality star, 32, took to social media to introduce his fans to a pet Dobermann puppy, writing: ‘newest member’

Dog lovers were quick to slam Joey over the ill-thought out post, saying that he was promoting the cruel practice.

Animal welfare campaigner Jordan Shelley fumed: ‘Joey Essex is another idiot celebrity normalising ear cropping, an illegal abhorrent mutilation, to his many followers by getting a butchered dog

EAR CROPPING 

  • Ear cropping is a painful process where a dog’s outer ears are removed altogether or are surgically altered, with the tips or huge sections of the outer ear being cut off
  • ¬†It is¬†illegal in England and Wales, under Section 5 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • Ear cropping is done usually for cosmetic reasons and to make a dog look tougher or more intimidating¬†
  • The RSPCA reports the practice is becoming more normalised due to an increase in celebrities owning cropped dogs
  • Tail docking is another procedure that is illegal unless carried out by a vet for medical reasons

Source: RSPCA 

‘When will these half wits learn?¬†

He added: ‘Shame you felt the need to get a dog with mutilated ears. Ear cropping is a brutal illegal cosmetic mutilation. What a terrible example to be setting further normalising this abhorrent illegal procedure to all your following!’

While¬†TV vet Dr Sean McCormack said the post by Joey was a ‘major d**k move.’

He said: ‘What a disappointing development and quite frankly a kick in the teeth to all of us who have been tirelessly campaigning to stop the trend, practice and importation of dogs who have been mutilated for fashion by undergoing ear cropping.

‘Joey Essex is a public figure with lots of influence who has previously worked with Battersea to highlight the plight of dogs in shelters needing homes.

‘When it was brought to his attention a year or so ago that he was congratulating another celeb for importing a cropped or mutilated dog from abroad to get around the fact it is illegal in the UK on welfare grounds he was at pains to condemn the cruel practice and say he was an absolute dog welfare advocate.

‘So why is he now parading around his poor new puppy that has had its ears cut off so it looks tough as a so called ‘protection dog’.

‘This needs to stop and ‘influencers’ need to be told it is a major d**k move.’

Love Island’s Olivia Attwood also took issue with the post, and took to her Instagram Stories to blast Joey.

‘Just a reminder,’ she posted, alongside a snap of what dogs look like before and after cropping, calling it ‘illegal and painful’.

‘In most cases, it’s done without pain relief. Can you actually imagine – all for a fashion statement,’ she continued.

Olivia then shared snaps of her two dogs, including ‘one guard dog’, both of which she stressed had their ‘ears intact’.

Representatives for Joey declined to comment. 

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Backlash: Dog lovers were quick to slam Joey over the ill-thought out post, saying that he was promoting the cruel practice

Backlash: Dog lovers were quick to slam Joey over the ill-thought out post, saying that he was promoting the cruel practice

Backlash: Dog lovers were quick to slam Joey over the ill-thought out post, saying that he was promoting the cruel practice