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Tail docking - the long and short of it

 

Tail docking - dogs

Dog with tail dockedRCVS Supporting Guidance to the Code of Professional Conduct, Chapter 27: Miscellaneous: Tail docking (dogs). Information from the:

  • Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966
  • Animal Welfare legislation
  • Animal Welfare Act 2006 (England & Wales)
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006
  • Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

(available online: http://www.rcvs.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/code-of-professional-conduct-for-veterinary-surgeons/supporting-guidance/miscellaneous/ accessed 25/3/2014)

 

Tail docking - pigs

 

Sheep lamb with tails dockedTail docking - sheep

 

Tail docking - dairy cattle

 

A selection of references on the welfare and practice of tail docking in dogs and livestock animals are available to download from our 'Related documents' box.

 

 

Image1: A 2 yr old Weimaraner hunting. Author: Mdurovic. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Image 2: Two lambs in a field in Romney Marsh, Kent in the process of having their tails docked by the rubber ring method. The rubber ring is tight enough to cut off blood flow to the lower portion of the lamb's tail, which will eventually atrophy and fall off. Author: Julie Anne Workman. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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