There’s nothing cuter than a baby girl dressed to the T with frilly lace socks and a pink polka dot dress. Some moms even decide to elevate their little one’s pretty factor with a pair of sparkling earrings. But according to 35,000 people in the U.K., that sight is nothing to coo over. They’ve signed an online petition urging the government to ban ear piercing in babies and toddlers.
Susan Ingram, a mother herself, started the petition to encourage the Minister for Children to create a minimum age for ear piercing. In the petition, she talks about the negative consequences associated with this common procedure: “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 parents’ vanity. Other forms of physically harming children are illegal; this should be no different.”