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30/3/17 CANADA - Halifax Nova Scotia - It has been reported that a Candice Burneau,
35, a backyard breeder, pleaded not guilty in the Halifax Provincial Court to causing
unnecessary pain, suffering or suffering to animals by docking. The practice was banned in
NS in 2010.
She is due to be tried in October.
A Queens County woman has also been charged for allegedly docking puppies.
A Hunts Point woman has also been charged for docking tails. Debbie Baggs, 44,
“caused distress to the animals.” She is due in Dartmouth Court on 7th June charged
with 2 counts of animal cruelty.
3/3/17 S. AFRICA Roodepoort - A man from Helderkruin is being prosecuted for animal
cruelty when he docked his 4 month old Rottweiler's tail. A neighbour alerted to the puppy's
yelps investigated and saw an elastic band around the tail. It was removed after it was pointed
out that it was illegal. It was reported to the SPCA and it was then found that the tail had been
hacked off by owner. Criminal proceedings were then instigated.
. section 21A of the Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962, tail docking (cutting off a
dog's tail), ear cropping or any other form of surgical alteration of an animal is
illegal, except for medical reasons. A veterinarian is not allowed to perform
these types of procedures.
1/3/17 - AUSTRALIA, Victoria - Jason Formosa, who was charged with amputating his
greyhound's tail. The dog received no pain relief and the wound was left open with antiseptic
applied. The dog was put to racing 2 weeks later. Later a course Vet spotted that the wound
had gangrene by being taped too tightly with a dirty bandage. The dog was killed when no
home could be found for it. $5000 fine and 6 month racing disqualification
14/2/17 CANADA -PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND - CHARLOTTETOWN
, –
Regulations to accompany P.E.I.'s new Animal Welfare Act are nearly complete and
the act will soon be proclaimed. One area of impact is cosmetic surgery i.e., surgery to
change an animal's appearance rather than for health reasons. The new act prohibits tail
docking in dogs, horses, and cattle; ear cropping in dogs; and tail nicking and setting for
horses. This conforms with the policy of the P.E.I. Veterinary Medical Association,
adopted in 2009, which forbids veterinarians from carrying out these procedures. The
new act clarifies that it is illegal for anyone to do so.

31/1/17 CANADA - British Columbia - The College of Veterinarians of British
Columbia has voted to ban cosmetic tail docking of dogs, horses and cattle.
6/1/17 CANADA - Quebec - Starting this month, Quebec veterinarians will no longer
be permitted to perform such practices as ear cropping and tail docking of dogs, horses,
and cattle.
3/11/16 CANADA - British Colimbia - In a survey 42 percent of people claimed not to
know that dogs are not born with docked tails and cropped ears. These people
believed the appearance of the shorter ears and tails was simply a genetic variation.
They believed dogs of the same breed vary in appearance up to and including tails
and ears of different shapes and sizes
. Not surprisingly, dog owners were more
apt to answer correctly than non-owners
.
14/9/16 S IRELAND - Wicklow. Jason Dunne was found guilty of four offences
under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 at Bray District Court. He was fined €625
contribution to the ISPCA and €625 in state costs. A tip off from a website advertisement
sale of puppies with docked tails and dew claw removal led to the investigation and
which Dunne admitted were not docked by a Vet.
2/7/16 USA - Chilhowie resident Jenny Lewis and founder of “No Tail Left Behind,” a
national campaign that educates the public on the dangers of tail docking had a young dog
which would scream in pain if touched and her tail was red at the tip and unhealed. Xrays
showed adhesions, raw nerve endings and a shard of bone at tip. The dog had to have
corrective tail surgery. This was a precursor to her long term campaign in the US
knowing other dogs were also suffering.
30/6/16 S AFRICA - Port Shepstone - 3 puppies' tails cut illegally with a blade to the
base and were not healing . The owners were issued with a warning

14/11/16 South Okanagan CANADA An Okanagan woman is praising a recent ban
on cosmetic tail docking of dogs, horses and cattle in B.C. after seeing the impacts of the
procedure on her her four-month-old Morkie was having issues with her tail.
The puppy
would be playing, running around and suddenly she wouldt stop and growl and snap at
her tail and she would lick it and lick it. The puppy was taken to veterinarian Oz in West
Kelowna, the woman was told the change in behaviour was likely due to a docking
procedure she had as a puppy. The Vet examined her and said there was an infection
in the end of her little stump and that it was due to tail docking as a puppy, The woman
hadn't realised that the pup had been docked. The Veterinarian said that there
is a huge risk for bleeding and infection and there is also risk of phantom pain so there
is some kind of sensation in the nerve, because we've cut the tail completely. It is's like
amputating a person's leg
8/2/16 Ottawa CANADA - An Ottawa veterinarian says Ontario should
follow the lead of most other Canadian provinces and ban cosmetic surgery
for pets. Quebec's order of veterinarians bans pet cosmetic surgery
Pet cosmetic surgery ban would be welcomed by humane societies
Ontario and Alberta are the only remaining provinces where the decision
to operate is up to individual veterinarians, after Quebec's order of
veterinarians decided in late January to ban ear-cropping and tail-docking
 for cosmetic reasons. The Quebec ban would go into place in 2017.

19/1/`16 Edmonton CANADA - More veterinarians in Canada are speaking
out against pet cosmetic surgery such as removing the tails of puppies and
cutting dog ears into points, but the pace of change is slow. Ear-cropping
and tail-docking are already prohibited in seven provinces either by law or regulatory
bylaws
.
23/12/15 Queensland, AUSTRALIA - RSPCA inspectors seized nine dogs
and two puppies found with their ears cropped and tails docked, which is illegal in
Queensland. The dogs were a mix of American Bulldogs, French Bulldogs
and Cane Corsos, all breeds considered to be "money making" dogs,
RSPCA spokesman said the man was likely to be charged under the Animal
Care and Protection Act for tail docking and ear cropping offences.
The 39-year-old Willowbank man was charged with two counts of
unlawful possession of weapons and one count each of possession of
ammunition and possession of drug utensils. He is due to appear in the
Ipswich Magistrates Court on January 14.

17/12/15 Victoria CANADA - Two Broadford central Victoria dog breeders
of Doberman-type dogs, Thomas Kilafis and his wife Christina, docked
the tails and cropped the ears of their dogs, leaving them with severe bone
injuries, have been fined more than $40,000 for animal cruelty. An
 investigation by the RSPCA found the couple had docked the tails of five
of their dogs, as well as cropping their ears. Read more
:
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/victorian-doberman-breeders-fined
-40000-for-animal-cruelty-20151216-glot5e.html#ixzz44f36hmV1

19/11/15 Donegal S. Ireland - A Donegal man, Cathal Crawford of Ballyarrell,
Killygordon, pleaded guilty at Letterkenny District Court to illegally docking
a puppy's tail and was ordered to pay a total of €605. The ISPCA was
alerted after attempted to place an online ad to sell the pup last March.
When an inspector and a Garda went to his home they found a three-month-old
German Pointer puppy with a docked tail. The dog was put into the care of the
ISPCA and rehomed

1/8/15 USA Georgia. A former Georgia kennel owner was sentenced to five
years probation as she had cut off the tails of eight puppies without using
anesthesia/pain medication. One dog died. Leslie Ayo, who operated
Heaven's Gate Kennels, was hired by a Lawrenceville family in Nov. 2013
to dock the tails and remove the dewclaws of their eight rottweilers for $150
.
2015/16 CANADA Prince Edward Island - Animal Welfare Act outlaws animal ear
cropping and tail docking '...The Animal Welfare Act, adopted in July by the P.E.I. Legislature.
It outlaws cropping ears of and docking tails of dogs, horses or cattle.
P.E.I. will become
the second province in Canada to outlaw the practice altogether. It goes a step further,
even if you can find someone to dock your dog's tail or crop its ears you could end up
being fined or even face jail time....'

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/animal-welfare-act-outlaws-animal-
ear-cropping-and-tail-docking-1.3301418.
10/2015 - CANADA - British Colombia - The B.C. College of Veterinarians (CVBC)
announced Tuesday it has banned its members from performing cosmetic ear cropping
procedures on dogs
. Any person could now face animal cruelty charges under the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,
http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-news/2015/10/ear
-cropping-ban-spreads-to-western-canada.aspx

Many of Canada's provinces, including:  Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan,  do not allow ear cropping.
23/9/2015
SOUTH AFRICA -
Cape Town - A Barrydale man, John Klaassen,fined was
fined R1 000 after pleading guilty to contravening the Animal Protection Act for trying to
dock his dog's tail by tying an elastic band around it tightly. The tail was rotting but still
firmly attached and the dog had to be put down to prevent further suffering
11/8/2015 - USA North Carolina - Iredell County (NC) Considering Multiple Changes to
Animal Control Laws. The proposal would also require that ear cropping and tail docking
be performed by a licensed veterinarian.  By: Government Relations Department
9/2015 - SOUTH AFRICA Cape Town -
A Barrydale man the latest person to be fined
for trying to dock his dog's tail. R1 000 was the fine imposed on John Klaassen after
pleading guilty to contravening the Animal Protection Act. The tail was rotting but still firmly
attached and the dog had to be put down to prevent further suffering.Docking has been
outlawed since 2008.
2014 December Ireland http://www.horseandcountry.tv/news/2014/11/25/ispca-
campaign-stop-illegal-tail-docking
ISPCA campaign to stop illegal tail docking -
Laws were introduced in March 2014 banning docking for cosmetic reasons (exceptions
for certain working dogs or medical treatment). Docking can only be carried out by a
Veterinarian but few Vets. in Ireland would be prepared to do it as they have been
advised by Veterinary Ireland not to perform the procedure and if found to be doing
so they could face disciplinary action.
November 2014 UAE ABU DHABI: The UAE animal welfare and rescue organisation,
Animal Action - Abu Dhabi, launched a campaign to encourage UAE citizens and residents
to report animal abuse to the authorities. The campaign urges government authorities to take
reports of animal abuse seriously and to prosecute offenders under the confines of UAE
Federal Law 16. The campaign has been launched in memory of a five-month old puppy,
named Kleidi found dying on a street in Abu Dhabi last week. He had had his tail cut off at
the base and thenthrown out into the street. The person who found him contacted Animal
Action for assistance. The group arranged for Kleidi to be seen by an emergency vet, and
he received immediate medical treatment to repair the large, gaping, infected wound. Sadly,
despite all attempts to save him, Kleidi died a few days later due to blood poisoning caused
by the infection which had already set into the barely-remaining bone at the end of his former
tail. It is likely that Kleidi’s owner had tried to “dock” his tail. The tradition in dog tail docking
dates back thousands of years, where hunting dogs’ tails were sometimes removed to prevent
potential injury in undergrowth while the dogs move at high speed.  Tail docking is now
considered a cruel practice in most countries, and is outlawed in most of Europe.
2014 October S. Ireland Mayo SPCA rescued seven Springer Spaniel puppies from a
home in north Mayo.As well as being badly underweight and lice infected, the puppies’ tails
had been docked.It is illegal under the Animal Health and Welfare Act introduced last March.
The laws ban tail docking except in very specific circumstances and then, it can only be
performed by a veterinary surgeon.The Spaniel puppies are being cared for by Mayo SPCA staff.
2014 September New Zealand - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11326998 Darren Godfrey (25) is in
jail for 4 months for docking his dog's tail with a rubber ring a practice he didn't think was
illegal. The Whangarei District Court committed him after he admitted ill treating an animal
and one of not seeking treatment to alleviate pain and distress.The Whangarei SPCA, which
laid the charges, welcomed the sentence and said the dog had been in agony with an infection.
Under the Animal Welfare (Dogs) Code of Welfare 2010, tails may only be shortened or
removed using a tail band in puppies less than four days old. Godfrey was also ordered to pay
$2000 of the $3519 sought to the SPCA and was disqualified from owning or exercising
control over animals for five years.Judge McDonald said Godfrey did not seek advice or
carry out research before putting the rubber ring on his female six-month-old pitbull terrier-
type puppy named Rogue.He said research had proven that animals suffer acute pain for 90
minutes after the ring placement. Godfrey's actions had long-term consequences and health
problems for Rogue, the judge said.The dog had to be heavily sedated, and its tail below
the rubber ring was amputated by a veterinarian. Acting on a complaint from the public, an
animal welfare and a field officer, accompanied by a police officer, went to a house Godfrey
lived in at Kamo on August 12, 2013. The puppy's tail was swollen and her ribs and hip
bones were visible.Mr Watson submitted that a sentence of community detention was
appropriate and wouldn't be seen as a "letaway" or a sentence that would enable his client
to care for his two children on a part-time basis.But Judge McDonald said the offence was
serious and the pre-sentence report said an electronically-monitored sentence was not suitable.
2014 June New Zealand http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/10172610/Pups-mutilated
-with-fishing-line
Waitakere mechanic Mohammed Fiaz Khan, 33, was convicted in the
Waitakere District Court last week of wilful ill-treatment of animals In May last year, The 3
weeks old Rottweiler pups had been banded at the base of their tails causing serious infection
and pain. The ten puppies had to be euthanaised by the SPCA. Khan was given a 5 months
community detention, 18 months intensive supervision and cannot own dogs for 10 years.
The President of theNew Zealand Kennel Club has stated that the Club has changed its
regulations relating to shows and competitions and the 66 "traditionally docked" dog breeds
taking part in shows will no longer be penalised if owners don't go ahead with the procedure.
2014 March Atlanta USA - Leslie Ayo of Heavens Gate Kennels, was arrested and
charged on eight counts of animal cruelty for docking the tails of eight Rottweiler puppies
in a breeder's kitchen in Deer Oaks Drive for $150- one puppy later died at a Vet's. The
breeder realised the tails had been removed 'right at the base' and were extremely bloody
with nothing to stauch the bleeding.
2014 March Rio de Janeiro In Rio, lawmakers have approved draft legislation banning
cosmetic surgery for dogs and cats such as tail docking, removal of cat claws and ear
cropping of dogs. In July 2013 Brazil's Council of Veterinary Medicine published a resolution
that such procedures be made illegal and Veterinarians performing them to be struck off.

2013 July 04 July 2013 BRAZIL banned tail docking for aesthetic reasons (Federal
Council of Veterinary Medicine -CMFV) Resolution 1027 already prohibited cordectomy
(removal of vocal cords), otectomy (lifted ears) and onychectomy (removal cats' claws)
since 2008. Now tail docking (caudectomy) is added. 'Veterinarians violating the law are
subject to ethical and professional process and could lose their title.' Caudectomy will be
permitted for therapeutic reasons. The President said people must report Vets. who break
the rules.
2013 May S. IRELAND Dogs to be microchipped by 2016 - Amongst other things
the revised Animal Health and Welfare Bill will force dog owners to have their dogs
micro-chipped by 2016. The Bill bans attending and recording dog fights, and the practice
of docking or cutting dogs' tails for cosmetic reasons. It will also allow the courts to bar
individuals convicted of serious animal welfare offences from keeping animals. The
mandatory micro-chipping of dogs will come into force from 2016 and there will be
public consultation on its implementation in due course
2013 May NEW ZEALAND - Call for ban on tail docking - 2 Christchurch dog
owners have been discharged without conviction for cutting the tails off five puppies
with a hot knife. The SPCA says the illegal act caused the puppies unnecessary pain
and distress. The dog owners, Rebecca Douglas and Malcom West, say they didn't
know it was illegal to chop their puppies' tails off. The SPCA had charges brought
against the pair under the Animal Welfare Act – they were found guilty but discharged
without conviction. In New Zealand tails can now only be docked surgically by a
veterinarian for the dog's health, or cut off using a band by someone approved by the
New Zealand Kennel Club (NZKC). It's only legal in New Zealand to remove a
puppy's tail if it's less than four days old. But the NZ Veterinary Association says the
law is confusing and wants the practise outlawed altogether.The New Zealand Council
of Docked Breeds (NZCDB) has said that it is astounded that the couple escaped
conviction after removing their puppies' tails with a hot iron. The Council spokeswoman
said “it is remarkable that ...... a judge can use the reason of “ignorance” to allow the
couple to escape a conviction”.
2013 April INDIA - The Madras High Court ruled against the ban on docking.
(The reported reasons for the reverse ruling implied little subject knowledge but more
as a result of Kennel Club pressure!)
2012 August NEW ZEALAND A woman is facing charges for allegedly docking
Jack Russell puppies' tails.....
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/7562495/Puppies-tails-docked-with-heated-knife

2012 August AUSTRALIA Campbelfield Victoria NSW - Man found guilty of
docking - fined $14,000 and $2,500 costs

http://www.rspcavic.org/services/inspectorate/inspectorate-cases/man-found-
guilty-of-tail-docking

2012 July USA - http://pixelblueeyes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/no-tail-left-behind-giving
-voice-to.html

2012 May 7 USA - A(merican)V(eterinary)M(edical)A(ssociation) seeking member
comments on tail docking and ear cropping (breed sgtandards) http://www.avma.org/issues/policy/comments/ear_cropping_tail_docking_dogs.asp

2012 April 25 VANCOUVER Canada The Standards of Care for Breeders of
Animals' Bill
" There are definitely some progressive actions in there - things around ear
cropping, tail docking, limits on number of litters - a number of things we would absolutely
support," says the SPCA's General Manager.
Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/news/Thornthwaite+targets+breeders/6514685/
story.html#ixzz1t30eTKhU

2012 Feb CANADA MANITOBA - Manitoba bans cosmetic ear cropping; other
provinces may follow suit Winnipeg, Canada — Manitoba veterinarians who
perform cosmetic ear cropping on dogs could lose their licenses, according to
new mandates by the province's regulatory board. See
http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/Veterinary+news/Manitoba-bans-cosmetic-ear-
cropping-other-province/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/762492?contextCategoryId=378

2012 Feb. 16 TORONTO /CNW/ - The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), in response
to recently announced changes to the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association's by-laws
banning cosmetic ear cropping plus pending directives to veterinarians in other provinces
would like to reiterate to the larger community of veterinarians, dog breeders, dog owners
and the general public that none of the 175 Canadian Kennel Club breed standards
require that a dog should have cropped ears.

2012 February Canada Manitoba became the second province after Newfoundland
to ban ear cropping by law. Fines start at $5,000. Vet associations in Nova Scotia and
New Brunswick have banned their members from performing the surgery.

2012 February USA http://tristatehomepage.com/fulltext-news?nxd_id=487642 Deputies
Crack Extensive Animal Cruelty Case

2012 - INDIA - The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has issued an advisory
against the docking of tails and cropping of ears of particular breeds such as the Doberman,
Cocker Spaniel and Boxers, among other dog breeds. According to the advisory, such
non-therapeutic acts will henceforth be considered mutilation, which falls under the ambit
of cruelty and therefore a punishable offence under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals Act 1960. The advisory has urged the Veterinary Council of India to issue
directions to all their registered veterinarians (government and private), state veterinary
councils and colleges to stop the practice of tail docking and ear cropping....
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/canine-tail-and-earcropping-banned/187817-60-120.html
FEBRARY 2011 S AFRICA Brakpan - Jimmy Hawley seemingly posing as a Vet
was only cautioned by magistrates after he had pleaded guilty to keeping animals in poor
conditions and failing to treat animals with injuries in a make shift clinic. Also he had
removed tail and testicles from a dog. The SPCA were dismayed at the judgement.
The SPCA are continuing to monitor the premises.

AUTUMN 2010 N Ireland - Animal Welfare Bill processing through the Assembly
- Total docking ban recommended but yet to be voted upon.
OCTOBER 2010 CANADA Vancouver suburb passes pet store puppy ban http://winnipeg.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20101005/bc_puppy_ban_
101004/20101005/?hub=WinnipegHome
OCTOBER 2010 USA quote from
change.org
Animal Abuser Registries in ANIMALS - Who are the animal
abusers in your neighborhood? If you live in Suffolk County, New York, you'll
soon be able to answer that question. County lawmakers just created the nation's
first animal abuser registry, where people convicted of animal cruelty will have to
register for five years. Since people who abuse animals are often a threat to humans,
too, this system will help protect families and pets. Ask your legislators for an
animal abuser registry in your state.
USA 7/2010
http://www.examiner.com/dogs-in-memphis/vote-should-ear-cropping
-and-tail-docking-be-outlawed
My Rat Terrier, Pilgrim, is the first UKC Champion
in conformation in the USA with his beautiful long tail intact
!
He is more balanced, out-going and self assured than dogs who have lost their tails.
May 2010 NEW ZEALAND - Woman charged with docking dog's tail
(warning graphic images on link) http://tvnz.co.nz/view/video_popup_windows_
skin/3559002?ref=rss

April 2009 NEW YORK STATE
- Tail docking - The amendment currently
in committee in the NY State Assembly is A07218, or Amd S365-a to the NY
Agriculture and Markets Act. The summary of A07218 and full text of the
amendment can be found at the NY State Assembly website. The amendment
will make it a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine to dock the tails of dogs
except by a licensed veterinarian, for medical or health reasons. From the summary
for the amendment:"SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1.
The agriculture and marketslaw is amended by adding a new section 365-a: Any
person who cuts the tail of a dog for reasons other than to protect the life or health
of the animal is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than five
hundred dollars. Any person who shows or exhibits a dog whose tail has been
docked or altered, at a show or other exhibition, is guilty of a misdemeanor,
punishable as above. Any dog owner who is injuredor damaged by a violation of
these provisions may institute a privateright of action in the supreme court of this
state, to obtain redressfor such injury or violation. The provisions shall not apply
to any dog or person who is the owner of any dog whose tail has been certified
as docked, cut or altered prior to August 1, 2009."
2009 PENNSYLVANIA USA:   With a vote of 192 for and 0 against, House
Bill 39, amending Pennsylvania's Crimes Code for animal cruelty and introduced by
Representative Tom Caltagirone(D-Berks), passed in session.  The proposed
legislation will impose criminal penalties for specific medical procedures
if not performed by a licensed veterinarian including debarking, c-section
births and tail docking. The act of ear cropping by anyone other than a vet
is already prohibited in Pennsylvania.
The legislation now heads for the Senate.
2009 Illinois Senate Bill 139 PLEASE ACT NOW , which defines tail docking and
ear cropping as torture and a felony offense, is scheduled for a hearing before the
Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee on February 18, 2009. The 1 p.m.
hearing will be held in Room 409 at the Capitol in Springfield, IL. Current Illinois law
specifically excludes tail docking and ear cropping from the crime of animal torture.
However, Senate Bill 139, introduced by Sen. Terry Link (D-Lake County),
removes those exclusions and adds tail docking and ear cropping to the list of
acts that would constitute animal torture, which is a third class felony offense.
Tail docking and ear cropping would become a felony under SB 139 in almost
all cases, even if it is performed by a veterinarian. A veterinarian would be
allowed to dock a tail or crop an ear, but only "for a medical reason." Tail docking
or ear cropping done for any other reason, such as to assist the dog in hunting or
herding or to conform to the official standard for a particular breed, would be a
felony under SB 139. Please read this legislation for yourself:
http://www.ilga.
gov/legislation/ fulltext. asp? DocName=&SessionId=76&GA=96&DocTypeId=
SB&DocNum= 139&GAID=10&LegID=405 61&SpecSess=&Session=
.
Anti-Docking Alliance (ADA) is urging Illinois dog owners to immediately contact
members of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee to express your
strong support to SB 139. Here is a link to contact information for members of the
committee: http://www.ilga. gov/senate/ committees/ members.asp? committeeID= 607
. If you would like to testify at the hearing, please contact the office of the Chairman,
Sen. Michael W. Frerichs: http://www.ilga. gov/senate/ Senator.asp? MemberID= 1522 .
Also, please contact your own state senator and ask her or him to support this legislation.
Here is a list of contact information for every state senator:
http://www.ilga. gov/reports/ rptMemberList. asp? gaid=10&ChamberId=S
.
Please note that email contacts are not given on the official pages. However, email
contact links are provided on the pages of each political party. For the Democrats,
use the drop down link marked "senators" on this page: http://www.senatede m.ilga.gov/ .
For the Republicans, click on a senator's name on this page: .
http://www.senatego p.state.il. us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id
=15&Itemid=55 .

2008 USA AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
EAR CROPPING AND TAIL DOCKING OF DOGS
The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely
for cosmetic purposes. The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping
and tail docking from breed standards.
Animal Protection Act - THE CROATIAN PARLIAMENT March 2007
Please use this link : http://www.prijatelji-zivotinja.hr/index.en.php?id=470
S. IRELAND (EIRE) Veterinary surgeons are officially prohibited from
carrying out ‘cosmetic' surgery on pets in Ireland; if a vet carries out tail docking,
they are guilty of unethical behaviour. If this information is passed on to the
authorities, it is likely to result in formal disciplining of the vet by the Veterinary
Council, which regulates the conduct of the profession. Unfortunately docking
is still carried on throughout Ireland. Dail Eireann
7/11/12 Proposed Bill
U SA Cleveland Ohio
Rottweiler winner wags different bottom line
Thursday, September 07, 2006 Suzanne Hively Plain Dealer Columnist
Friendly Dutch Sjven is a Rottweiler with a tale about his tail.   He has a
long tail, because he was born in the Netherlands, where tail docking is not
permitted. However, he is an American and Canadian Kennel Club champion.
Carol Laskey of Rainbow Rottweilers in West Salem, who imported and owns
the dog, says he is the only long-tailed Rottweiler to have an American Kennel
Club championship.The American Kennel Club standard for Rottweilers states
that the tail should be docked short, close to body, leaving one or two tail
vertebrae, but the standard goes on to state that the set of the tail is more
important than the length.The set, or angle at which the dog carries its tail,
should give the impression of elongation of topline and should be carried
slightly above horizontal when the dog is excited or moving. 

May 2006 New York State Assembly 2006
Bill Summary - A11242 - To Prohibit canine tail docking and ear cropping -
Sandy Galef -Bill Withdrawn http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A11242
http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A11242&sh=t

2002 The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has
recently made a statement with regards to cosmetic tail docking in the dog.
Essentially, and ultimately the AVMA would like to see this type of cosmetic
procedure discontinued for cosmetic purposes only.

The good news is that the South African Veterinary Council have now
stipulated that as from June 2007 tail docking will be regarded as an
unethical procedure and any veterinarian carrying out the procedure after
this date could be charged with unprofessional, improper or disgraceful conduct..

After extensive discussions with various organisations and pressure from our
National Clinicians Group they decided that the best approach was a two year
time frame during which the Council will actively engage with those breed
societies still requiring docking as part of their breed standard to inform them
of this decision and allow them time to alter the standards in line with what is
happening internationally.

AUSTRALIA - because of the connection between cruelty to animals and
the abuse of children all suspected cases of cruelty have to be reported.

What kind of repair can be made now ??
Greetings from a like-minded friend in the U.S. I found an adult female
Rottweiler who already had her tail docked. Unfortunately, it was not properly
done, and there is insufficient skin left to cover the bone at the end of the tail - the
skin barely coversthe bone, if at all - and it is constantly getting infected and
irritating her. her tail was also docked very short. do you have any info
regarding what kind of repair can be made now to correct this situation - she is
a young adult and i don't want her to have to deal with this problem the rest
of her life. I am not wild about the idea of re-docking her tail, and there is not
much to work with anyway. I would appreciate any help or suggestions you
can give me. Keep up the good work! I hope your movement migrates across
the pond soon.USA 18/5/05

VIRGIN ISLANDS 4/5/05
http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article?id=5027062
'The Virgin Islands Senate overrode the veto of the senate's version of
the legislation yesterday. This means that docking ears and tails is
considered first-degree animal abuse. Because this was a veto override,
it automatically becomes law. The governor cannot do anything to change it.'

3/2005 NEW ZEALAND - A Schnauzer breeder in Waikato Rose Elle
imports pedigree lines from overseas and has docked tails of five month
old dogs that arrived in NZ with tails intact! Vet Jodi Salinsky has to patch
up botched home docking jobs like this one
View article here

 

 

 



3/2005 AUSTRALIA
Queensland - Liza Bacchiella was fined $1000 for
docking five Rottweiler puppies between May and June 2004. The maximum
fine is $7500 or 6 months in jail. A New South Wales man was jailed for 6
months but the circumstances were more severe than the Queensland one.
Vet Dr. Anita Kocsis referred to docking as an unethical and cruel practice
of cutting off the end of the puppy's spine with no anaesthetics. It is like
having a finger chopped off. It is painful to the puppies, they become
distressed and whimper.

West Hollywood USA
On Feb. 7, 2005
the Council voted unanimously to direct the City Attorney
to prepare an ordinance banning canine tail-docking, ear-cropping and other
cosmetic procedures. Last year, the city started regulating pet-grooming
companies by mandating that animals have fresh water. Local businesses
must report injuries related to groomig with 24 hours. The city also designates
residents as pet guardians rather than pet owners.
On 21st April 2003 the City passed the animal declawing ban.

LATVIA. L uckily in Latvia it is not allowed to dock dogs tails anymore.
Or ears. A vet who dares to do it may loose the licence. And I have not heard
that any vet was willing to do it anyway. So here all the dogs have tails as God
has designed them to be. As this law is not so long ago, there still are dogs
(older ones) who have their tails docked. But not the young ones. Ilona 1/05

CZECHOSLOVAKIA. I own a 3yr-old female Rottweiler that I imported
to the UK from the Czech Republic, where docking is forbidden! I certainly
want to support your anti-docking campaign and it is my wish not to dock
puppies from my female. Best of luck. Pavlina 1/05

NEW ZEALAND:- h ttp://tvnz.co.nz/view/news_national_story_
skin/469053?format=html

Quote from tvnz.co.nz Vets support tail docking ban Jan 18, 2005
The New Zealand Veterinary Association is urging MPs to support a bill
banning the docking of dogs' tails. The Bill, drafted by the Labour MP
Dianne Yates, passed its first reading in Parliament in August and was
sent to a select committee for public submissions. The Veterinary
Association says docking tails is painful, and many breeds of dogs are
docked for reasons which are now obsolete. The association's animal
welfare co-ordinator, Virginia Williams, says there's little evidence to
support the argument that the undocked tails of hunting dogs can become
damaged. She says even when there is damage it can be repaired.

From Stuff.co.nz 21/10/04
A move to ban tail docking in dogs has won support from the Veterinary
Association. Parliament last night voted 79-37 to send the Animal
Welfare (Restriction on Docking of Dogs' Tails) Bill to a select committee
so the public can have their say. Veterinary Association animal welfare
spokeswoman Virginia Williams said the association looked forward to
seeing New Zealand join the increasing number of countries banning the
practice, such as Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Israel and Australia.
"A recent scientific review has concluded there is no clear evidence tail docking
has any benefit that can outweigh the potential harm that may be caused to the
animals," Dr Williams said in a statement. "Side-effects of tail docking can
include infection, nerve damage and self-mutilation, as well as faecal incontinence
and perineal hernias."

NEW ZEALAND HERALD 21/10/04 7.00 a.m. Bill to prevent dog docking
21.10.2004 7.00 am - A bill to ban the docking of dogs' tails passed its
first reading with a strong majority in Parliament last night and has been
sent to a select committee for public submissions. The Animal Welfare
(Restriction on Docking of Dogs' Tails) Bill was drafted by Labour MP Dianne
Yates. It is not a Government bill. It was introduced in August this year and
debated for the first time last night. Ms Yates said her bill was
strongly supported by veterinarians and the SPCA. It would have no effect
on dog shows, because there were no penalties for dogs with tails.

October 13 2004 : USA - Docked Boston Terrier 'About 6 months ago we
had to put my English Bulldog asleep... Though I loved the English Bulldog
I did opt to go with another breed because I had to do eye surgery, treat
skin problems, breathing problems, etc. with the Bulldog. I decided to go
with the Boston Terrier and though I did do a lot of reading about the breed,
personality, health problems, etc., I failed to notice much on tail docking.
I looked at the Internet and found a first time breeder. She had both the parents
and they are CKC registered. They had 3 puppies. After several conversations
I chose to purchase a puppy. She had all the proper paperwork and informed me
that the pup had already been docked and had her Dew Claws removed. Upon
bringing the pup home we took her straight to our vet and had everything checked.
She appeared perfect. Though we did not mention the tail was docked because we
thought this to be normal. When she was between 4 and 5 months we started to
notice her messing with her backside a lot and at times walking funnily. After a few
times of noticing this we looked her over really well. It appeared her tail was growing
into her backside. We took her to the vet and he said in all his years he had not seen
anything like it. We scheduled surgery and he had to remove some more of her tail
and some of her backside. Three days later, we have now had to take her back to
the vet because she is not doing well and they are going to do another surgery and have
to put a drainage tube in to help fight off infection while she heals and possibly remove
more backside. Also now she is at a greater risk for not being able to control her
bodily functions. The vet said he did not know why they docked the tail in the
first place?...'

31/8/04 - NZ
First Vote On Dog Tail Docking
New Zealand First will vote for the Animal Welfare (Restriction on Docking
of Dogs' Tails) Bill to be sent to a parliamentary select committee for consideration.
The issue was discussed by MPs at Caucus today. Rt Hon Winston Peters said
that a number of groups and individuals had contacted New Zealand First about
removing dogs' tails but the party had not reached a final position. He said it was
important to hear the case for and against the procedure before deciding how to
finally vote on the issue. ' -------------------

8/04 Australian Shepherds - Hevnsent - Australia - ' . ....We initially went
along with the other breeders and our first litter was docked. We couldn't go
to our regular vet as he refused to be involved and, when we dropped our pups
off to be docked by another vet we didn't hang around to see the procedure
being carried out. Picking the puppies up was horrific. There they were, our
babies, with their tails replaced by bloodied stumps and sutures. It was horrible
and we were both shocked by the experience. Nonetheless, we thought we'd
done the 'right' thing by our pups until later, when we started to think about the
issues in more depth. So what are the arguments that changed our views about
docking?..........If a breeder tells you that your puppy is a natural bob, enquire
further. Some breeders call dogs natural bobs even when they are born with a
three quarter length tail. Insist on a puppy that has NOT had its tail cut off with
scissors, and one that has NOT had an elastic band wrapped so tightly around
its tail that it fell off. Both practices are standard among breeders who dock.'
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8/04 CANADA message '...... You might be interested to know that in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, it is almost impossible to get a vet to dock
tails or crop ears. My vet told me the only way he knew of having a vet
do it was to go outside the city and find an older vet. He said the
only people docking tails and cropping ears in Toronto are breeders......some
man has purchased a Yorkie, with a tail from Europe; he says to improve
his line. He lives in Canada and now wants to dock it's tail so he can show
her (she is nearly a year old).......'

Rottweiler puppy's tail cut off in domestic dispute - San Antonio,
Texas, USA 17th August 2004
Police are investigating animal cruelty charges against a man who, in a rage,
cut off a puppy's tail. He allegedly took the puppy belonging to the girlfriend
out of its cage to the kitchen and cut its tail off. The investigator of the incident
said that although the docking was not illegal it is regarded with greater censure
over 7 days old intimating that dogs can bleed to death. The punishment for
animal cruelty is up to one year in jail and/or a fine up to $4,000.
see http://www.ksat.com/print/3665080/detail.htm

2004 - USA - extract from Andrew Brace's column "Dog World"
'.......Following on from the minor storm created by the excusing of a
full-tailed Australian Terrier from a group in the USA, it is also noted that the
USA Rottweiler world is also getting very excited at the prospect of tailed
exhibits. There seems to be much confusion over the American Kennel Club's
stance on "excusing" and "disqualifying" and the difference between the two terms.
It is generally felt that the regulation referring to the excusing of an exhibit
(a judge's refusal to judge a dog) has been misinterpreted but the American
Rottweiler Club Board has recently had published an open letter to judges
which clearly advocates excusing any Rottweiler with a full tail. It concludes
'we appreciate your consideration in respect to maintaining the integrity of our
breed standard. You would mark your judge's book "excused, tail not in
accordance with the breed standard"' How many dogs are "in accordance
with the breed standard" - this opens the way for someone to challenge the
Rottweiler Club Board? I think it q might be too much to hope that it might
be the American Kennel Club! The Board apparently goes further by stating
that Rottweiler judges are asked to sign a "breed specific preliminary judging
contract" and if they place a Rottweiler with a tail they will be removed from
all the American Rottweiler Club judging lists. Does that mean that an
American Rottweiler judge will refuse non-docking countries' offers of judging
appointments? I wonder! Perhaps if the non-docking countries report back to
the USA Rottweiler Club those judges who have taken up appointments it
might be found that there are no Rottweiler judges left in the USA!

LATEST NEWS FROM LONDON!!

July 2004 - The UK Kennel Club hosted a meeting in London entitled the
"International Canine Political Forum". It was attended by the American KC,
the New Zealand KC, the Maltese National Canine Federation, The Kennel
Association of Sri Lanka, the Singapore Kennel Club, and the Kennel Club
of India. Items of debate included docking , legislation regarding the breeding
of pedigree dogs, the PETS Travel Scheme, artificial insemination, open
registers for hereditary disorders etc.

TASMANIA: Posted 25/7/04 Tasmania Australia. Government decision
to ban the docking of dogs' tails in Tasmania. Dog breeders around the
State will be notified in writing and the ban will come into place immediately.
Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment animal health and
welfare manager Mick Middleton yesterday said the ban was in line with
community expectations and national standards.

UPDATE!! - Dobermann tail docking problem on the World Page 19/6/04
USA Dobermann : The docking has had to be re-done because of a painful
neuroma enlarging on the stump 30/7/04 :

'I am still so concerned and very stressed about my pup's tail. I had to take
her to her regular vet this morning because the sutures were loose and two
were hanging by, literally, a thread. Her vet had to put three more sutures in this
morning and she said that the sutures had loosened because of the extreme
swelling of her tail after the surgery and then as the swelling abated, the sutures
did not conform...... I was so relieved after we arrived home from the vet today
because I thought that the extra sutures would have done the trick and then I
noticed just a few minutes ago that there is still some blood leaking from the
surgery site......... '

June 2004 From an Australian Member

I have owned undocked Spaniels for the last 25 years and in all that time
have not had a single problem with tail injuries, or hygiene problems
associated with undocked tails. My experience has been the front of the dog
(eyes and ears) are more prone to damage than the rear quarters and tail
when facing cover.

I find it beneficial for the dogs to have a full tail when working as it makes the
dog more visible especially when in thick cover.

U.S.A. 19/6/04 - email received
'.....I have a 5 month old Doberman pup whose tail never healed properly
from where it was docked at the breeders. I have taken her to 4 vets about
her tail and they have all said the same, that her tail will have to be redocked
because the end of her tail is a huge mass of scar tissue. I am feeling quite a
bit of trepidation about having this done. Her tail is very ugly and seems to
bother her. Sometimes, while she is playing, she will stop and will bite at it
like it is hurting, or itchy, I am not quite sure really why she does this. I have
told the vets that I will not have this done for cosmetic purposes only, I will
only have this done if it is medically warranted. They have told me the same
thing, that the large area of scar tissue is what is bothering her and that it has
to be redocked. I am so worried that this will cause more problems in the future.
I understand fully that there are no guarantees with any surgery, but this is bone
involvement and seems that there would be more of a propensity for infection.
Since I live in the States, docking tails and cropping ears (how barbaric and cruel)
are common. I am not sure if the vets are pro-redocking her because it is such
common practice here.....Should I or Shouldn't I has been the question that has
taken up quite a bit of time in my thoughts these past few weeks! ....'

Posted 6/04 Austria - As from January 2005 docking and cropping of dogs
in Austria will be banned (also the wearing of choke chains by dogs). It will
also not be possible to cage chickens.

28/5/04 NEW YORK - Cruelty law in puppy tail amputation is not vague, a
Manhattan judge says. The judge ruled that the state animal cruelty law under
which a barber was convicted of using a crude and painful procedure to lop
off a puppy's tail was not unconstitutionally vague. State Supreme Court Justice
Bruce Allen's decision, made public today, rejected the motion of Darrel Nelson,
56, to dismiss the charge. Allen had found Nelson guilty of aggravated animal
cruelty after a one-day non-jury trial last December. At the start of the trial,
Nelson's lawyer, John Wilson, moved to dismiss on the ground that the statute
under which Nelson was charged was unconstitutionally vague. He then agreed
to have Allen decide the motion only if he convicted Nelson. Wilson argued that
the statute's phrase "unjustifiably injures" would not tell a reasonable person
whether tail docking, as the amputation is called, is legal. The judge compared
what Nelson did with gratuitously chopping the 3-month-old puppy's tail off.
"A person of ordinary intelligence would understand that such conduct is
unjustified and therefore prohibited by (the statute)," the judge said. Nelson
was arrested Oct. 21, 2002, after an anonymous tip, apparently from a neighbour
who heard the 26-pound Rottweiler pup crying in pain. An agent from the
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigated. American
Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals Special Investigator Annemarie
Lucas said in a court complaint that Nelson explained how he was removing the
puppy's tail: …………. The puppy, named Beast, was taken to an animal hospital,
where a veterinarian found that it had a bloody lesion on its tail and was in pain. The
puppy was anaesthetized and its tail was amputated. Wilson said the puppy belonged
to a neighbourhood youth. The lawyer said Nelson told him his father taught him the
docking procedure when he was young. The ASPCA took custody of the puppy,
which has since been adopted. The judge sentenced Nelson to time served about
10 days he spent in jail after he was arrested.

Los Angeles Times May 2004
West Hollywood loves its pets. The city famously declared in 2002 that there
were no pet owners in West Hollywood - only pet guardians. Six months later,
the city banned the declawing of cats and other pets, calling the procedure unnecessary
and cruel. City officials acknowledge the largely symbolic value of most of their
actions, but activists say such gestures can have an impact as sometimes the way
to get things done on a state level is to do it locally and see how it works. So what's
next, a ban on ear-cropping and tail-docking? City officials won't say. One thing is
certain though they haven't ruled it out.

USA Posted 8/4/04 Merry Crimi, Veterinarian who works in Clackamas County
USA has been named Practitioner of the Year by the American Animal Veterinary
Hospital Association. She heads a veterinary ethics task force which has taken a
position on issues such as tail docking, ear cropping, cat declawing, and dog
devocalisation.

AUSTRALIA 1/4/04 - Legislation. New South Wales, banned tail docking.
This was the final state to ban docking in Australia.

NEW ZEALAND Posted 4/04- Legislation. Private Member's Bill seeking to
ban tail docking.

AUSTRALIA 30/3/04 Legislation Northern Territories - A ban on cosmetic
tail docking of dogs has been passed by the Northern Territory Parliament. It will
be permitted for therapeutic reasons. The legislation is to be reviewed to ensure
that it is effective. The Minister responsible for animal welfare has agreed to report
back to the Assembly on changes once they have started operating.

Posted 2/04 USA - Groups and individuals in the States are attempting to get
docking banned through the courts. There is a case against the Westminster
Show for 'engaging in conduct that rewards unjustifiable mutilation of dogs'
which the applicant (PETA) claims violates State laws prohibiting cruelty to animals.

NEW ZEALAND. - Posted 5/10/03 - A new member tells me her work
involves animal welfare dealing with dogs suffering from illegal docking - bleeding
ears, stumps of tails etc

2002 USA. - Puppy exploitation - Letter in "Our Dogs". At Atlanta Airport
USA a crate was seen containing 12 Cavalier puppies. 7 weeks old and they
came from S. Ireland en route for a puppy farm in the US. Their journey was
approx 15 hours. They were no bigger than 4-5 week old puppies and could
hardly stand. They were being sold to prospective customers for £850 sterling
each. This is happening regularly to all breeds. It has to be recommended that
all registrations should be endorsed "not for export" unless one is completely
satisfied with the purchaser.

Regarding the report on the Scandinavian "American Cocker" adult show
dog which came to the UK to be docked and shown,ADAI lodged an official
complaint with the RCVS but as the name of the Vet who did it is not known
to ADA (assuming of course that it was a Vet!) they have refused to investigate
and take action as their complaints department appear to deal with complaints
between dog owner and Vet. The dog owner in this instance is not likely to
be complaining! Many people complained to the Kennel Club and prompt
consideration was seen to be taken although the dog concerned did not have
its award withdrawn. TheDanish Kennel Club indicated that the information
would be made known. Surely the UK doesn't want to have a name for docking
dogs from other countries where docking is illegal. However although the Kennel
Club took action it was so equivocal as to almost give carte blanche for the same
thing to be repeated. The Kennel Club implied that the idea was to leave it to the
Vet in question to decide whether a dog should be docked at an adult age.

FINLAND - Cropped and docked dogs cannot be shown in Finland if they
were born after 1/1/01

FINLAND - MARCH 2002 - "Dogs Today" reported in March that Finland
has banned all dogs with docked tails or cropped ears from competing in dog
shows as they were concerned that exhibitors may try to bend the rules by
exporting their stock to countries where docking is still allowed and then
re-importing them to show. This closes the loophole in a country which has
banned docking and cropping. Well done Finland!

2002 GERMANY has now banned ear cropping and tail docking but
unfortunately has also adopted other far reaching draconian laws which do not
conform to EU rulings. They have banned several Bull breeds of dog including
the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Anyone travelling through Germany with one of
these breeds are said to be exempt but as dogs have been shot and even had
petrol poured over them and set fire to in these breeds one may need to think
very seriously about entering Germany with one of these breeds.

GERMANY - In accordance with the "Tierschutz-Hundeverordnung"
(animal protection dog regulations) from 1st May 2002
the following dogs will be banned from participating at dog shows both at
home and abroad:1. Ears cropped after 01.01.19872. Tails cropped after
01.06.87 (exception: dogs used for hunting in accordance with German law
for the protection of animals)3. The ban is not enforced in exceptional cases
if a medical indication is known, the corresponding certification must be
enclosed together with the entry.

HOLLAND - WORLD DOG SHOW 2002 - Amsterdam 4-7/7/2002
Regulations:- 'No cropped ears: The regulations in Holland will be applied.
All dogs born after 30/3/89 coming from a country where ear cropping is
forbidden or those born after 1/10/96, no matter the country, must not
have cropped ears. Dogs whose ears have been cut and whose owner
lives in a country where ear cropping is not forbidden, can be entered
(measure applicable to French exhibitors). Dogs whose ears have been
cropped before ear cropping was forbidden in the country of the owner,
can also be entered. Dogs born after 1st September, 2001 and whose tails
were docked cannot be entered, no matter what their country.

2002 A UK breeder reported that one of her undocked puppies was later
taken to Ireland and docked there.

2002 TRAVELLING TO EUROPE? Many countries have different
rules for dogs travelling in cars which if disobeyed carry a hefty fine. The
NCDL provide a leaflet called "Travelling Abroad with Your Dog" . The
AA also has information for members related to carrying pets in cars.
Tel 01245 493753

Finnish/Danish/Swedish Champion American Cocker Spaniel.
August 2000. According to a report in an Dog World, a 4 year old
Finnish/Danish/Swedish Champion American Cocker Spaniel who had not been
docked as docking is illegal in those countries, won a UK Champ title having
now been docked! I have made representations to the Royal College of
Veterinary Surgeons and The Kennel Club on behalf of the Alliance as we
can only presume that a UK Vet did the docking of this adult dog. Our Dogs
15/9/00 - Kennel Club Fact File: 'At its meeting on 5/9/00, the General
Committee discussed the above topic. It was agreed in principle that revised
regulations would be introduced to prevent the showing of dogs whose tails
have been amputated, either in whole or part, without good reasons at an
unacceptably advanced age. The revised regulations will be discussed at the
Committee's next meeting on 17/10. It was also decided that the new
regulation when formally agreed will be applied as from 5/9/00.'

2000 AUSTRALIA - BAN OF COSMETIC TAIL DOCKING
OF DOGS
Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) PO Box 371
Artarmon NSW 2064 Released: Wednesday, November 29, 2000 ACT leads
the way with Australia's first law banning cosmetic tail docking The Australian
Veterinary Association today praised the unanimous decision of the ACT
Legislative Assembly to legally ban cosmetic tail docking of dogs. The AVA
President, Dr Ian Denney, said: "This decision should pave the way for follow-up
action by all other States and the Northern Territory to put an end to this cruel
and unnecessary practice. "Our organisation, which represents the majority of
veterinarians across Australia, has long campaigned against cosmetic tail
docking because it serves no valid purpose. "It really is a traditional practice
based, essentially, on the whims and fashion ideas of human beings. "What
really happens is that young puppies are butchered, usually without any form
of anaesthetic or pain relief, by having all or part of their tail chopped-off. It
is often done by dog breeders with a pair of scissors!" he said.Dr Denney said
the ACT ban stemmed from the sensible actions of the ACT Minister for Urban
Services, Mr Brendan Smyth, after he was contacted by an overseas organisation
which promotes this form of cruelty. "That body wrote to Mr Smyth complaining
about our anti-docking brochure. The Minister then requested the AVA publication,
read it and decided he had no ethical choice but to ban cosmetic tail docking.
"He incorporated the ban into a package of animal welfare legislation and then
called for an extended period of public comment on those measures. During that
comment period the AVA waged a nationwide campaign of support for the
docking ban. "This proved beyond doubt that the previous 'political wisdom'
that the docking advocates were a large and well-organised rump was totally
wrong. "We deliberately chose not to have petitions or form letters in our
campaign - we wanted individuals from all parts of Australia to write their
own messages of support to Mr Smyth. Those responses swamped the
orchestrated efforts of the pro-dockers. "Our campaign also persuaded the
ACT Labor Opposition to publicly declare its support for the docking ban,
which ensured it had to pass through the Assembly", Dr Denney said.
Ringrose, W) 02 9411 2733 (10/03) -

EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WHERE DOCKING IS BANNED as
reported in UK Dog Press:: Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden,
and Switzerland. Poland France and Czech Republic leave tails on by choice to
be able to compete in the non-docking countries. According to the Corgi Clubs
in Denmark and Norway they recommended that the Standard should be "tail short,
preferably natural". Finland has opted for a croup which gives a lower tail set and
carriage. Others ignore the tail issue. Individual breeders in Finland, Sweden
Germany and Holland are trying to keep the wording of the original docked
standard and are breeding for bobtails. In Germany 50% breed for bobtails
but in Switzerland breeders find full tails easier

EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE BANNED - Denmark,
Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden,
and Switzerland.

EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE RATIFIED THE
EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON PET ANIMAL WELFARE

are Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Luxembourg, Switzerland, --------------------
Portugal 94 no reservation Austria 00 no reservation;
Belgium 92 reservation; Cyprus 94 no reservation; Czech Rep 99 reservation;
Danark 93 (T) reservation +T;Finland 92 reservationp; Greece 92 no reservation;
Germany 92 reservation; Luxembourg 92 reservation; Norway 92 reservation;
Portugal 94 no reservation; Sweden 92 no reservation; Switzerland 94 no reservation.

http://conventions.coe.int/treaty/EN/cadreprincipal.htm Treaty 125 13/11/87 opening
for signatures 1/5/92 entry into force E N C R D A T C O

ISRAEL (6/01) - Legislation under the "Cruelty to Animal Protection
Law" has recently been amended by the addition of a ban on the
performance of surgical procedures in animal tissue "for cosmetic purposes".
The ban includes the docking of tails or cutting of ears in dogs.
http://www.israel-embassy.org.uk/web/pages/newlegis.htm

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