Joey Essex returns his puppy after being criticized by animal rights activists for his ears being cut off

‘Taking him as a pet would justify this cruel procedure’: Joey Essex RETURNS Doberman puppy after being slammed by animal rights activists for sharing photo of dog with cropped ears

Joey Essex has returned a Doberman puppy after discovering the dog had its ears cropped overseas.

The reality TV star, 32, was planning to adopt a family friend’s pet and posted a photo on her Instagram account saying: ‘Newest member’.

But after being inundated with messages highlighting the dog’s controversial procedure – which is illegal in the UK – “horrified” Joey has decided not to keep the dog as he doesn’t want to tolerate animal cruelty.

Review: Joey Essex has returned a Doberman puppy he bought after facing backlash for buying it after posting a photo online

Mutilated: Joey's dog photo clearly showed his ears erect rather than pointing down, which is a feature of ear cropping

Mutilated: Joey’s dog photo clearly showed his ears erect rather than pointing down, which is a feature of ear cropping

Joey told MailOnline: ‘I really wanted to give the dog a home, I fell in love with him.

“But taking him as a pet would justify this cruel procedure, which will send the wrong message to my fans and followers.”

“I am an animal lover.”

Joey’s photo of the dog clearly showed his ears pricked up rather than pointing down, which is a feature of ear cropping.

Making amends: Joey is now cheering on his followers by signing a petition called the Kept Animal Bill which seeks to make the importation of ear-trimmed dogs illegal

Making amends: Joey is now cheering on his followers by signing a petition called the Kept Animal Bill which seeks to make the importation of ear-trimmed dogs illegal

EAR CUP

  • Ear cropping is a painful process in which a dog’s outer ears are completely removed or surgically modified, 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 usually done for aesthetic reasons and to make a dog tougher or more intimidating.
  • The RSPCA reports the practice is becoming normalized due to a rise in celebrities owning cropped dogs
  • Tail docking is another procedure that is illegal unless performed by a veterinarian for medical reasons.

Source: RSPCA

The procedure is often performed without anesthesia and for purely cosmetic purposes to make them look more fierce.

It involves removing the dog’s outer ears or surgically modifying them, with the tips or huge sections of the outer ear being cut off.

Joey deleted the snap shortly after it was posted due to the large number of negative comments.

And animal experts also waded in, including

TV vet Sean McCormack who said: ‘What a disappointing development and frankly a kick in the teeth for all of us who have campaigned tirelessly to stop the trend, practice and importation of dogs that have been mutilated for fashion by undergoing an ear cut. ‘

Animal welfare campaigner Jordan Shelley fumed: ‘Too bad you felt the need to have a dog with mangled ears. Ear cropping is a brutal and illegal cosmetic mutilation. What a terrible example to set by further normalizing this heinous illegal procedure to all of your supporters.

Joey is now encouraging his followers by signing a petition called the Kept Animal Bill which aims to make it illegal to import ear-trimmed dogs.

The reality star added her signature saying, “I urge everyone to join me and sign this petition.”

Joey is currently starring in a Paramount + All Star Shore series alongside a host of famous reality stars from around the world.

He found fame on the ITVBe series The Only Way Is Essex which led to an appearance on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2013, where he finished in fourth place.

Earlier this year he appeared on the Australian version of the hit show.

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

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

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