Breeders and dog owners who favor cosmetic tail docking
claim that the procedure is painless, owing to the fact that a puppy's nervous system is undeveloped and insensitive.
Ear cropping and tail docking
are banned in Australia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Scotland, and parts of Austria.
Effects of tail docking
on fattening performance and carcass characteristics of Akkaraman lambs.
began hundreds of years ago when it was mistakenly thought to increase a dog's speed, prevent damage in dog fights, back injury, and guard against rabies.
Richardson is urging MPs to "do the right thing and use your free vote to ban all tail docking
of dogs unless a vet deems it necessary as a last resort, after a severe injury or disease".
Last week Lloyd Earlington, 35, and Julie Ward, 37, both of AlumRock and David Hunkins, 33, of Washwood Heath, were all jailed for three months after they caused the death of 11 puppies by carrying out a 'barbaric' tail docking
Also, the site of a recent tail docking
The main rules of the Directive are: a minimum surface requirements for different categories of pigs; a prohibition of the construction or conversion of installations in which sows and gilts are tethered; castration of male pigs aged over four weeks may be carried out only under anaesthetic by a veterinarian or a qualified person; a prohibition of routine tail docking
and tooth clipping; if tooth clipping appears necessary, it must be carried out within seven days of birth; piglets must not be weaned from the sow at less than three weeks of age.
For example, in many of these labeling schemes, 'free range' birds still spend their entire lives tightly packed together in sheds, physical mutilations like debeaking and tail docking
are still allowed, and there are no requirements for outdoor access for some species.
Choosing to lift Labour's ban on tail docking
of dogs was one of the first actions of this SNP Government after the election - helped, once again, by their Tory allies.
Each sow will also now have larger breeding facilities including free farrowing and no pigs will be subjected to tail docking
or teeth clipping.
There's also problems with horses being left tethered and abandoned and illegal tail docking
, where people are getting a mate down the pub to do it with a stanley knife.