A campaign to ban ear piercing for toddlers and babies has been launched.
The online petition, created on campaigning website 38 degrees, calls for a ban on ear piercing for babies and toddlers. The campaign information reads:
TO: MINISTER FOR CHILDREN EDWARD TIMPSON
Ban ear piercing for babies/toddlers
Make it illegal for babies/toddlers to get their ears pierced. Set a minimum legal age requirement.
Why is this important?
It is a form of child cruelty. Severe pain and fear is inflicted upon infants unnecessarily. It serves no purpose other than to satisfy the parent's vanity. Other forms of physically harming children are illegal - this should be no different.
A total of 19, 309 individuals have signed the online petition thus far.
Comments from those who have signed the petition include:
"It should be the child's decision as to whether they have their ears pierced or not, as long as they know how to care for it and the consequences if they don't. Babies and toddlers are far too young to make that decision and it causes unnecessary pain for them."
Have you had your baby or toddler's ears pierced, or do you agree that it's an act of cruelty to which a minimum legal age should be applied?
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