Possible Reversal of Tail Docking Ban in Scotland

Since 2007 tail docking of any dog in Scotland has been banned, making it the only part of the United Kingdom with an outright ban on the procedure. Yesterday MSPs on the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee voted to amend the legislation so that there are exemptions allowing vets to shorten by up to one third the tails of spaniels and hunt point retrieve breeds, that are 5 days old or less and are likely to become working dogs. The amendment will now go to a vote by the full chamber in the Scottish Parliament.