Tail-docking is under fire in Europe and now New Zealand. What do you think about this controversial practice? Bark in!
Thanks to tvnz.co.nz for this article.
End to dog docking in sight
Sep 17, 2007
Tighter rules surrounding the controversial practice of docking dog tails could be on the cards.
A new draft code of welfare for dogs has been released by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.
Committee chairman Peter O’Hara says the existing code states docking “shouldn’t” be performed but the new code says it “must not” be performed.
O’Hara says there is no good reason for docking a dog’s tail unless there is a medical problem.
He says breeders might find it hard to come around to the idea of dogs with tails, but a docked tail doesn’t benefit a dog in any way.