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Petition launched to stop parents piercing babies' ears

PETITION LAUNCHED: Should parents be allowed to pierce their babies' ears?

A PETITION to ban ear piercing for babies and toddlers has almost reached its 35,000 signature target.

The 38 Degrees petition, which was started by campaigner Susan Ingram, is calling for a legal age limit on ear piercing.

Explaining her reasons for the campaign, Ingram wrote on the 38 Degrees page: "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."

At the time of writing, the petition had 33,035 signatures – just short of the 35,000 required before it will be sent to Edward Timpson, the minister for children.

On the page, supporters agreed with Ingram. One woman, wrote: "Parents choice not the child. Agree should be minimum age before being legal."

Another posted: "Smacking a child is abuse, so how come sticking metal rods through their ears is not abuse??!!"

One supporter said that the child should be able to decide. They wrote: "Think it is an individuals choice when they are old enough to understand."

Not everyone agrees, though, with one person on Twitter pointing out that people have done it for generations without any problems.

"Don't know what the big deal is. Parents have been piercing baby's ears 4 years and years," they tweeted.

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