i would consider it a more mutilating & severe surgery, since most dogs don't walk on their ears.
maybe it's because cropping is purely cosmetic, whereas declaw is done for non-cosmetic reasons?
I'd much rather see declaws banned, rather than cropping. Declawing IS a cosmetic surgery, and much more cosmetic than a crop. Cropping actually had a purpose when the breeds were working, but declawing? Is it not cosmetic to chop off their claws because you dont want your nice new rug to get messed up. I have a nice looking rug in my living room and I could care less if Ceci puts her claws into it every once in a while. I am not going to mutilate my cat just because I dont want my furniture to get messed up!