Well, I say I'm for docking but can do without cropping.
I support docking mainly because it is done when the puppy is 2-4 days old, requires no anaesthesia and really is just a simple *snip*. I worked in a vet office once, I docked tails, and I can say I have no problem with it.
Cropping, on the other hand, is SURGERY. It requires the use of anaesthesia and time for recooperation. And it is not done when the dog is 2-4 days old, but rather when the dog is 6 months, which means it can also stress the animal out.
As for cropping being illegal throughout ALL of Europe, that isn't so. It's illegal in most countries now
, but has not reached new EU countries like Estonia. (And frankly, it probably won't for a very long time.) And just because the government has banned something does not mean it is supported by the citizens (like the California ferret issue, so to speak).
If docking is banned, breed standards for many, many dogs will have to change. What will you do about Australian Shepherds, who from my experience can have puppies with no tails, half-tails, and full tails? Will different tail lengths be allowed in the breed if docking is banned?
It may be purely aesthetics, but personally I HATE seeing a boxer or rottweiler's tail. And to me, a yorkie or rat terrier would not be the same without their cute little nubs.
And if the government is going to ban things like cropping and docking on dogs because they have "no medical value," then things like breast implants in humans should be banned as well. They have no medical value and sometimes can be hazardous to the person's health. But THAT is a different topic all together.
( And if it consoles anyone to know it, my hubby is against cropping and docking and that's one reason why we got a sheltie, because never in the breed history were the ears cropped or tail docked--hence no arguing between us on this topic.