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veterinarians ban tail docking of dogs

has banned the docking or cutting off of tails for cosmetic purposes.

The ban follows a similar ruling the college issued last year forbidding veterinarians from cropping or trimming dogs ears for cosmetic purposes.

And in an extension of its decision, the college also said it won permit veterinarians to alter the tails of horses and cows. In approving the ban, the college registered veterinarians come into line with a growing number of other provinces that have decided the practice of cosmetic alteration of dogs and other animals is no longer acceptable. Only Alberta and Ontario continue to allow the cutting off of tails for cosmetic purposes. college veterinarians voted 91 per cent last week to approve the ban on tail docking, according to Dr. Shawn Llewellyn, a member of the college animal welfare committee. The ban went into effect immediately.

at evidence based medicine, there is no real benefit to animal health or welfare, especially with dogs, cattle or horses which this ban targets, he said. see ourselves as being those who are charged with advancing animal welfare and acting responsible. a dog tail or cropping its ears not only is medically unnecessary but also interferes with the animal ability to communicate, he said. A raised tail or ears signals different messages than ones tucked or lowered, Llewellyn said. can now face charges from the college if they are found to be docking tails or cropping ears for cosmetic purposes. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals, he said. The penalties can include censure and up to the loss of licence.

Llewellyn said the college is now researching whether there should be bans on other owner driven forms of surgery, such as declawing of cats and or removal of vocal cords in dogs.

Veterinarians can continue to dock tails where a medical necessity exists, such as cancerous tissue, Llewellyn said. And the ban doesn extend to pigs and sheep because of current farming practices, he said. The penning systems used by pig farms often lead to tails being bitten by other pigs, leading to infection. Sheep, whose wool can collect and trap feces, sometimes have their tails docked for hygeinic purposes.

The practices of tail docking and ear cropping are so old that many registered breed associations have incorporated them into defining what those dogs should look like in the show ring.

The Canadian Kennel Club, the registering body for 175 breeds of dogs, said it would prefer breeders and veterinarians have of choice. But it also said that it has been working with the breed clubs to change the standards to prevent discrimination in the show ring of uncropped and undocked animals. director on the CKC, said she has already been called by some breeders who oppose the ban.

are upset because, as you may fake hermes bag know, the Canadian Kennel Club believes in freedom of choice, she said. feel if a certain vet doesn want to do the procedure, fine, but if another vet does, let them do it. ban will likely force diehard supporters of tail docking to take their animals to veterinarians in Alberta or Washington.

you will get dogs being done in other provinces or in the United States because we so imitiaton hermes bag close to the border. You replica hermes handbags outlet will literally find people going underground. said some breed clubs, such as those for Doberman pinschers, Old English sheepdogs, German short haired pointers and miniature Schnauzers continue to require tail docking for show purposes. As a result, anyone with an undocked dog in those classes would be ignored by judges, she said.

have asked the breed clubs to change their standards by which they judge dogs. Most have complied but there are still a handful of standouts, she said. However, the practice will likely stop once all provinces adopt the no docked tails policy. Earlier this year she and some students conducted three studies into cosmetic tail docking and ear cropping and found the practices changed peoples perception.

In the first study, they found that 42 per cent of respondents believed the animals were born with short tails and cropped ears. They also showed replica birkin handbags people tend to view such dogs as more aggressive and less friendly, and that their owners are also narcissistic and aggressive, she said.

it has a profound impact not only on how people view the dogs but also has an impact on what people think of those dog owners, she said.

van Keyserlingk said studies had also shown no value in farmers docking the tails of cows. Some farmers believe docking tails results in less contamination and cleaner milking conditions, but nine studies have debunked that idea, she said. epaper, Digital Access, Subscriber Rewards), please input your Print Newspaper subscription phone number and postal code.

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