I would think that the stupid politicians fell hook, line and sinker for the BS that the AR crowd spews. First of all, they say cropping & docking is cruel, however, the AR crowd wants mandatory spay / neuter laws, which is much more invasive surgery. My dog, my property, I decide. If I like the look for a cropped / docked breed, then I have no qualms about cropping/ docking. Plus, it is not the governments business to tell me what I can or can not do. Like or not, dogs are considered property. I am not their mother nor am I their "guardian". I'm going to get TD's from the Bunny Huggers and I don't care. edit: Dutch, could you tell me where in the U.S. cropping & docking is illegal? I know the NYS Assembly is trying to push this thru, they tried last year and it failed, but is up again for consideration.