Animal Welfare Act England and Wales – rescind tail docking exemptions

The 2006 law permits too many loopholes such as:-
(a) permitting advertising of docked litters – often described as 'working'.
(b) pet litters in exempted breeds being docked
(c) docked litters being imported
(d) docked dogs being shown at non fee paying shows
(e) owning a docked dog after the ban without the required paperwork
(f) puppies not being subsequently microchipped or not having microchips checked when they have changed hands
(g) no national registers listing legal dockings

If  non-therapeutic docking is banned altogether it clarifies what is legal and what is not and avoids paper records. 
The latest research study – Veterinary Record June 2010 –  indicates that  500 puppies would have to be docked to save one injury (docking itself is an injury!) and that is across all breeds not just those exempted.  Working made no difference.

Why is this idea important?

The 2006 law permits too many loopholes such as:-
(a) permitting advertising of docked litters – often described as 'working'.
(b) pet litters in exempted breeds being docked
(c) docked litters being imported
(d) docked dogs being shown at non fee paying shows
(e) owning a docked dog after the ban without the required paperwork
(f) puppies not being subsequently microchipped or not having microchips checked when they have changed hands
(g) no national registers listing legal dockings

If  non-therapeutic docking is banned altogether it clarifies what is legal and what is not and avoids paper records. 
The latest research study – Veterinary Record June 2010 –  indicates that  500 puppies would have to be docked to save one injury (docking itself is an injury!) and that is across all breeds not just those exempted.  Working made no difference.

Common Sense

As a breeder of Lucas Terriers (they sometimes go to working homes but most go to country homes where catching the odd rabbit is common place). I would like to propose that good old fashioned common sense comes back into force, and that those dogs who have a tail that curls up and over their backs if allowed to grow are put on a list of breeds that should be allowed to have their tails removed at 2 days old (no pain involved in this proceedure).  Imagine the terrible pain and fear of getting stuck down a rabbit hole unable to back up because the tail is in the way. 

Why is this idea important?

As a breeder of Lucas Terriers (they sometimes go to working homes but most go to country homes where catching the odd rabbit is common place). I would like to propose that good old fashioned common sense comes back into force, and that those dogs who have a tail that curls up and over their backs if allowed to grow are put on a list of breeds that should be allowed to have their tails removed at 2 days old (no pain involved in this proceedure).  Imagine the terrible pain and fear of getting stuck down a rabbit hole unable to back up because the tail is in the way. 

Pro choice

I b elieve it should be your choice.I just feel it is another fault to deal with.We have over 25 years in the breed and I prefer no tail but iit dosen;t bother me.We bought a puppy with a tail and I love him just as much and after a few weeks you don't even pay any attention to it.

 

Jernan Rottweilers                                           After all it is part of the dog

Jerry Newton

Why is this idea important?

I b elieve it should be your choice.I just feel it is another fault to deal with.We have over 25 years in the breed and I prefer no tail but iit dosen;t bother me.We bought a puppy with a tail and I love him just as much and after a few weeks you don't even pay any attention to it.

 

Jernan Rottweilers                                           After all it is part of the dog

Jerry Newton

I think the law is good and humane.

Tail docking and ear cropping must have origninated in the ancient age of biology when people thought changes in one generation would be inherited in the next generation. that has bee proven false.

In this modern age we know better and with as many war and accident victims we have we know of phantom linb pain. I am a scientist and I think docking and cropping cause immediate pain and future pain in an animal. Have you ever been treated for phantom limb pain??? It required strong drugs. I would not subject myself to such and an content with my dogs as God and breeding made them without surgical intervention.

Have you ever broken a bone or had a surgery cause pain the rest of your life. Why do this for cosmetic purposes. do not give me any justification about the nerves of a pups tail are not developed. I do not agree.

Why is this idea important?

Tail docking and ear cropping must have origninated in the ancient age of biology when people thought changes in one generation would be inherited in the next generation. that has bee proven false.

In this modern age we know better and with as many war and accident victims we have we know of phantom linb pain. I am a scientist and I think docking and cropping cause immediate pain and future pain in an animal. Have you ever been treated for phantom limb pain??? It required strong drugs. I would not subject myself to such and an content with my dogs as God and breeding made them without surgical intervention.

Have you ever broken a bone or had a surgery cause pain the rest of your life. Why do this for cosmetic purposes. do not give me any justification about the nerves of a pups tail are not developed. I do not agree.

animal liberation

some extremists will act on everything but in fact they are well in the minority.

yes, they have the right to object, but keep it in proportion and let the majority decide for themselves.

Some working dogs need to be docked when very young and not after accidents which can be prevented.

 properly docked puppies don,t suffer for the rest of their lives !!

Why is this idea important?

some extremists will act on everything but in fact they are well in the minority.

yes, they have the right to object, but keep it in proportion and let the majority decide for themselves.

Some working dogs need to be docked when very young and not after accidents which can be prevented.

 properly docked puppies don,t suffer for the rest of their lives !!