This really has nothing to do with basenjis, but it's interesting to me anyway. I was at Pet Smart, talking to a man with a new AmStrat puppy. I was asking him questions about the breeder (of whom i was somewhat suspicious) when this lady started screaming at him because the puppy had cropped ears. The weird thing is, I was looking for a forum similar to this one for brittany spaniels ealier that day. What I found was the brittish KC forum were a huge arguement was going on about changing their rules for tail docking. So I figure I'll open the floodgates here and ask everyone what they think about tail docking and ear cropping.
In my own opinion: I think tail docking and ear cropping in PET dogs is the stupid, pointless and cosmetic K9 equvilent of circumcision. Working dogs is another matter, guard dogs have the best claim to a working need. Hunting dogs usually have meatier tails and therefore less risk of damage. For dogs like the Dogo Arginetino, who hunt boar, jaguires and other nasty prey, they have a good reason.