(Part 1 of 2)
While dog training, Los Angeles pet parents witness many sham organizations but perhaps none quite as ubiquitous and paradoxical as the AKC. What type of club values a tradition that trumpets and fully supports pain, dismemberment, torture, and mutilation? Not a very humane or sane one. However, the AKC encourages barbaric, outdated, painful and unnecessary cropping and docking of a dog’s ears and tail to conform to breed human made up “standards” and tradition. Throughout history, not all traditions are unhealthy, but some sure were such as slavery, suppressing women’s rights, anti-Semitism and the Nazi party were traditions. The Ku Klux Klan, (KKK) is a club and a tradition (a double whammy). Do we really want to follow unhealthy, destructive and ignorant traditions to continue death, oppression, discomfort, and slavery onto others? I would hope in this “civilized” day and age this would be a rhetorical question and the answer would be moot, but sadly this just doesn’t seem to be the case.
Humans have brains with a prefrontal cortex, capable of independent thought, which enables us to make decisions contrary to the established norm or tradition. Subvert the dominant paradigm – these are not just words but a heretical principle on which humanity, society, culture, innovation, and the human race move forward, grow and prosper.
As a book review from, The Undiscovered Self: The Dilemma of the Individual in Modern Society
by C. G. Jung states, “In this challenging and provocative work, Dr. Carl Jung—one of history’s greatest minds—argues that civilization’s future depends on our ability as individuals to resist the collective forces of society. Only by gaining an awareness and understanding of one’s unconscious mind and true, inner nature—’the undiscovered self’—can we as individuals acquire the self-knowledge that is antithetical to ideological fanaticism. But this requires that we face our fear of the duality of the human psyche—the existence of good and the capacity for evil in every individual
In this seminal book, Jung compellingly argues that only then can we begin to cope with the dangers posed by mass society—’the sum total of individuals’—and resist the potential threats posed by those in power.”
Without independent thought and challenge of the established beliefs and traditions, we are lemmings running off cliffs with the followers who failed to think independently of what tradition dictates. Which brings me to the American Kennel Club, (AKC). Yes, the same AKC with the pretty pictures of dogs on their website is the same club whose pernicious policies fully supports pain, centuries-old outdated, barbaric and abusive practices in the name of superficiality, aesthetics, and ego. In particular, tail cropping, severing a dog’s tail or ear docking, mutilating a dog’s ears and declawing (amputating a cat’s nails), akin to chopping off your fingers, nose or a few toes. A rational person may conclude that this is highly immoral, unethical, painful and a dangerous medical procedure (especially since most operations are done without anesthesia or sedation) that would only be sanctioned for in the very rare instance of a dire medical health necessity. However, sadly in most cases, these abusive procedures are not done for medical reasons but rather for humans psychological dysfunctional shortcomings and vanity. Make no mistake about it, tail docking, ear cropping, and declawing are elective, cosmetic procedures forced on an animal that has no say or voice to defend themselves.
Preventative surgery for ear docking or tail docking is like taking an Advil a month before you may go out and drink alcohol with your friends just in case you get a headache at some point in the distant future. Sound crazy yet? Full speed ahead to crazy town.
Humans, in all of their enlightenment and awakening, continue to follow the crowd and the foolish that made up a tradition regardless of how abusive, ignorant and nonsensical it may be and continue along that path, do not possess the courage or intestinal fortitude for independent though nor the temerity to take a stand for what is right, just and humane. Never mind countless medical organizations who denounce ear cropping and tail docking such as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Humane Association, in addition to countless countries all over the world denouncing and condemning ear cropping and tail docking and declawing as uncivilized, unnecessary, painful and harmful to animals. The folks in the AKC feel they know best what animals want and enjoy and thumb their noses at plebeian doctors and science and fully support inflicting pain and suffering on innocent sentient beings in the name of looks, tradition, and breed “standards.”
Huh, surely you must be joking that the same organization that hypocritically flaunts the words, “We protect the health and well-being of all dogs and – We cherish dogs as companions,” would not and could not be a living, breathing paradox. Sadly they are just another organization deemed to go down in the history books as a feckless sham and shameful organization that furthered pain and suffering for selfish club members’ ignorance, insecurities, and low self-esteem.
To spin one’s club and organization as humane and caring, even though it is patently false, is a slap in the face to all animal lovers around the world.
Please do not support the AKC and tell them to stop inflicting pain and suffering and being a club based on hypocrisy. One cannot believe in humane treatment and welfare and then in the same breath advocate chopping off limbs and dismembering innocent sentient beings. That is the same paradoxical rationale that states, “humane” killing for farm animals. The AKC is a paradoxical organization. I have denounced my affiliation with the AKC, and encourage others to do the same until these inconsistencies are abolished.
Could you imagine being forced to chop off your tongue because someone thought you might look better without it and rationalize this act by stating that tradition called for it in order to win a trophy at some tournament?
The AKC has not made strides in the humane, ethical treatment and animal welfare department since its founding in 1884. They have lost their moral compass or perhaps never even had one. It is incredible that people still recognize or care what the AKC has to say until this paradox is cleared up and the doctors on staff face the grim reality of their cognitive dissidence.
Tradition in and of itself is not unhealthy. It is when an organization or someone follows tradition blindly, provides no independent thought or abdicates basic animal and nonhuman animal rights that the situation reeks of ignorance and must be stopped. Why does the audacity of some clubs or traditions go unscathed and where is the outrage? The chasm between the AKC and otherwise independent, thoughtful, humane, and rationally sound individuals could not be more pronounced. The AKC’s wry mission statement is alarming and fraught with hypocrisy. Just because other sentient beings do not speak with words as human animals do, does not mean that we should abuse, strip them of their rights, torture and treat them with utter disdain with deleterious missions statements and a lack of perspicacity and pari passu. Tact goes out the window when the voiceless get abused. Someone should remind the CEO and president of the AKC Dennis B. Sprung, that, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”