England & Wales Ban Tail Docking in Dogs

From 6 April 2007 in England, and 28 March in Wales,
the docking of dogs' tails is banned in England and
Wales except for certain working dogs and where the
procedure is required for the purposes of  medical
treatment.  

The docking of dogs' tails is banned in Scotland,
without any exception for working dogs, under the
Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 with
effect from 30 April 2007.

Those veterinary surgeons who dock the tails of puppies in
England and Wales will need to sign a certificate to say
that certain evidence has been produced to show that the
puppies are likely to be used for work in connection with
certain activities, and to say that the dog is of a certain
type.

The tail must be docked when the puppy is not more than
five days old. The puppy also needs to be microchipped
before three months of age.

The official Guide to Professional Conduct for veterinary
surgeons will be updated shortly in the light of the changes
to the legislation.

                                                                                              13 April 2007
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