Love Island’s Jack Fincham has been slammed by fans after posting a photograph of his dog with clipped ears.
Ear cropping is illegal in England and Wales, under Section 5 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 unless it is carried out for medical reasons.
He captioned the post: “Me and my best pal rolling on the train solo. Always by my side dunno what I’d do without you.”
However, fans vowed to unfollow him over the snap, with one writing: “Will be unfollowing. Dog ears are cropped….it’s illegal in the UK. Dogs are getting imported like this. Sad as.”
“Whoever cropped this dog’s ears should be reported for cruelty. It is not ok to chop dogs’ ears,” wrote another.
The leading animal rights organisation for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has now spoken out and urged the star to set a better example to his fans.
Director Elisa Allen told the MailOnline: “[Jack should] let his fans know he does not endorse ear-cropping, a painful mutilation that involves cutting off the majority of a dog’s enervated, extremely sensitive ear and taping the remnants into an unnatural shape for aesthetic reasons.
“Dogs ‘talk’ to their human companions and other dogs with their ears, so hacking them off not only is traumatic but also robs them of a vital means of expression and communication as well as a way of maintaining balance.”
Ear cropping dates back to thousands of years ago and was originally performed on working dogs. It was believed to prevent ear infection and other potential health risks. However, the cruel procedure – also known as docking – has been adopted by owners who breed their animals for hunting and dog-fighting.
Last year, the TV personality revealed that he purchased Elvis from Russia after he had been imported by Protection Dogs World.
As of yet, he’s yet to respond to the backlash.
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