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By Terri Peters

To pierce or not to pierce? The question of whether or not parents should pierce their infants' ears is back up for debate after Katie Price, an English television host and model, posted photos this week revealing her 17-month-old daughter Bunny's new earrings.

The photo and a later one captioned, "Beautiful Bunny bops," have received thousands of likes and comments from followers who have strong opinions on whether or not Price made the right decision.

Comments on the posts range from those calling Price a child abuser, to those who say they, too, have pierced their daughters' ears without regrets.

A petition started in June 2015 seeking to ban ear piercing in the U.K. has now gathered more than 75,000 signatures.

While the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests parents hold off on piercing their child's ears until the child is old enough to take care of the piercing themselves, the organization also recognizes that, when cared for correctly, ear-piercing is safe at any age.

"If the piercing is performed carefully and cared for conscientiously, there is little risk, no matter what the age of the child," the AAP wrote in a post.