"For nearly two decades, the B.C. SPCA has been on record opposing procedures such as tail docking, ear cropping, devocalization and declawing that impact an animal's ability to experience good welfare and to express natural behaviours," Craig Daniell of the B.C. SPCA told CBC News.
"This decision ... is a significant step forward in the humane treatment of animals in our province and we are extremely pleased to support and endorse this change," Daniell says.
Traditionally, breeds that have their ears cropped include the Boston terrier, boxer, Doberman and schnauzer.
You've probably seen a puppy with some makeshift bandaging on his head, from having his ears cut with scissors. The procedure usually takes place when a puppy is between 6 and 12 weeks old.
But the tide may be turning toward a more natural look. The practice is already banned in several Canadian provinces, with New Brunswick veterinarians declaring, "It is unprofessional conduct for a veterinarian ... to perform cosmetic surgery on any animal."
And the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association has long urged breeders to turn their backs on the practice.
As for the U.S., just nine states regulate ear cropping, including New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. But even in these states, the practice, sadly, remains legal.
Read more about ear cropping on The Dodo.