Current Legislation is unwieldy and reliant on a dwindling number of Vets to carry it out.
A layman (farmer) can band lambs tails? yet with a puppy it requires a Vet who also has to micro chip a puppy under two days old? Quite barbaric injecting such a small animal with such a large needle? Banding is painless. The Micro chip by comparison, imagine some one forcing a broom handle sized needle into you that is roughly the equivalent.
Tail docking (banding) in working breeds should be allowed by both Vets and registered Laymen, supported by Micro Chipping at 8 weeks prior to puppies going to their new home.