National Association of Professional Creative Groomers

Promoting safety and education in the grooming industry since 2009


Define 'Animal Abuse'

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Animal abuse…it’s not something that’s hard to define. Wikipedia defines animal abuse as – Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse or animal neglect, is the human infliction of suffering or harm upon non-human animals, for purposes other than self-defense or survival.

Some forms of abuse are easily recognized and acknowledged, such as kicking a dog, starving a dog, or leaving a dog outdoors during inclement weather. But other forms of animal abuse are more subtle…and for some reason, are actually being encouraged.

As president of The National Association of Professional Creative Groomers, I love me some creative grooming. Two of my own standard poodles, Oona the Bama Poodle and Xerxes the Zombie Poodle are the most recognized creative grooms in the world. But the NAPCG draws the line on creative grooming when it comes to the health and safety of the pets involved. There is absolutely NO creative groom worth sacrificing a pet’s safety.

Within the grooming industry, there are groomers using both hair bleach and oxidizing dyes on dogs…simply for cosmetic purposes. Now, I’m not going to get into ‘why’ these products are dangerous for use on pets, instead I have included a link at the bottom of this article that includes over twenty scientific resources that will explain why the NAPCG is opposed to the use of these products.

Sure….these groomers claim that they know how to use the products safely, but don’t be fooled by their arrogance, There is no way you can use a toxic product safely. One of their biggest defenses is ‘I open the windows and use a fan’. Really?? Are you that stupid?? They claim that there is no report of a dog ever being harmed by bleach. Really?? Because this is a screen shot sent to me recently that shows otherwise.

This poor dog was made to suffer and become sick because of a toxic product that a groomer intentionally put on this poor animal. Let’s call this what it is folks…ANIMAL ABUSE. These groomers are purposely using toxic products and putting dogs and cats health at risk. Hydrochloric acid is a toxic product…and if you put it on a cat or dog, you would be arrested for animal abuse. Why is the grooming industry and the public making an exception for hair bleach?

Even scarier is the fact that large corporations such as Wahl Clipper Company and smaller distributors/companies such as Groomers Mall and Barkleigh Inc are actually supporting and condoning this practice. They sponsor groomers who purposely put animals’ safety at risk for cosmetic purposes. Again, let’s call it what it is….these companies are sponsoring animal abuse and placing animal abusers on a pedestal….all so they can make a dollar. They have no regard for the animals they have built their companies around. They actually allow these people to teach ‘how to bleach your dog’. This saddens me because so many groomers will unknowingly abuse animals in their salons….because these companies have condoned it.

There was a huge ruckus over a dog fighting ring in south America supposedly supported by Heineken. People were outraged that a company would support animal abuse….they should feel the same way about these grooming companies who are abusing animals in a much more subtle and deceptive way.

I can’t wait for the day when the grooming industry becomes government regulated. Not because I want the government telling me how to run my business, but because I will be more than happy to make the changes it takes to stop animal abuse in the grooming industry. I have been an animal advocate my entire life, and I for one refuse to turn a blind eye to the abuse happening to these pets just because it’s the ‘in’ thing to do

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