Barking mad? Controversial tail-docking measure passed by Scottish Parliament
SNP and Tories reverse tail-docking ban for working dogs
A POLICY REVERSING the ban on tail-shortening of working dogs has faced criticism from animal welfare groups after a majority in the Scottish Parliament passed changes to the law.
Since 2007 there has been a full-ban on tail-docking - the cutting of a dog’s tail by its owner without anaesthetic. Previously used by owners of ‘working dogs’ - for instance on Scotland’s shooting estates - the practice has been condemned as “cruel”.