Should ear-piercing be banned for babies?

There is a petition which has already been signed by over 36,000 people, asking the Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson, to set a minimum age requirement for the ear piercing of babies and toddlers.

The view is that ear piercing in babies and toddlers is a form of child cruelty and the severe pain inflicted upon infants is unnecessary.  “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.”

Supporters have left comments calling childhood ear piercing abusive, vain and unnecessary.

What are your views?  How would you feel if your baby grand-daughter had her ears pierced?  Is it cute or cruel? Do you think there should be a minimum age? Should exceptions be made for different cultural beliefs?

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