Scotland: Don’t Bring Tail Docking Back for Working Dogs

In 2007, “tail docking” — in which puppies’ tails are amputated, often without anaesthetic — was banned in Scotland. Now, gamekeepers are trying to get the ban overturned.

“Tail docking,” when nearly newborn puppies have parts of their tails amputated, is an incredibly painful process for the baby animals. That’s why it’s been banned in Scotland since 2007. Now, though, gamekeepers in Scotland are trying to overturn the ban on tail docking for working dogs.

The gamekeepers claim that the dogs need their tails docked to protect them from injury. But there has been no such evidence yet published that adult dogs will benefit from having their tails chopped off — usually without anaesthetic — a few days after birth. And until that proof is presented, we must not inflict that much agony and trauma on countless working puppies.

The American Veterinary Medical Association says that “ear-cropping and tail-docking are not medically indicated nor of benefit to the patient.” We can’t let Scotland’s progress on animal welfare be ruined by such a rollback.

Ask the Scottish government to reject the gamekeepers’ petition and protect newborn puppies!

You can sign the Care2 petition here

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