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Dogs Trust Deputy Veterinary Director responds to MSP vote to reintroduce tail docking

Our Deputy Veterinary Director Runa Hanaghan has this evening voiced her disappointment at the Scottish Government’s proposal to reintroduce tail docking for working dogs.

"Earlier this month I gave evidence to MSP's against tail docking. Today, MSPs have voted in favour of the bill. The reintroduction of the practice goes against the will of the Scottish people; 71% of whom believed the ban on docking puppies’ tails should be maintained.

"Tail docking involves severing through bone, nerve, muscle, and connective tissue when pups are less than 5 days old, at which point it is very difficult to guarantee they will go on to be working dogs.

"We are deeply saddened that the Scottish Government is reintroducing this outdated and unnecessary practice. Sadly today we’ve seen a significant step backwards for animal welfare from a country who once led the way."

Download the full statement, here:

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*A 2016 opinion poll, carried out by YouGov on behalf of a coalition of animal welfare charities