In China, pets are getting cosmetic surgery for ‘bunny ears’

In China, a rise in the number of pets undergoing cosmetic surgery to imitate Disney’s famous mouse ears has raised alarm for leading animal experts.

Animal welfare advocates are calling for an immediate halt to the practice, citing both the physical and psychological suffering it causes the animals.

According to reports, an ad from a pet clinic in Chongqing’s Bebe district, offering to purchase a group of “Mickey Ears” for 300 yuan (US$40), has attracted considerable attention. The clinic promotes the completion of procedures prior to the Chinese Spring Festival, which is a “factory’s” production schedule.

Liu Yundong, dean of Longcare International Pet Medical Center in Beijing, described a two-stage procedure that involves surgical removal, which requires anesthesia and lasts half an hour, followed by 20 to 60 The day has an ear-shaped phase. While legal, the surgery is uncommon at leading urban pet hospitals, with Liu stressing its ethical implications.

Veterinarians like Chen Yong of Shenzhen Liana Pet Hospital caution against the negative effects of surgery, highlighting the potential physical and psychological trauma for pets, including self-mutilation behaviors. The absence of legal restrictions in China puts the onus on moral considerations.

The online backlash from Chinese pet lovers has been palpable, with many expressing outrage at what they see as animal abuse. One person questioned the rationality of pet owners engaging in such practices, while another suggested that people who love them should consider similar changes in their ears. A prevailing sentiment emerged that this phenomenon reflected animal cruelty rather than love.

As this controversial trend gains attention, a growing chorus is calling for a reexamination of ethical standards related to cosmetic procedures for pets in China.

Publish Date: Dec 27, 2023 12:58:23 IST

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