7th March 2007





A controversial debate at the University of Lincoln about the docking of dogs’ tails ended with the majority voting against it on the grounds of it being unnecessary and purely cosmetic.


The title of the debate was ‘This house believes that the prophylactic docking of dogs’ tails is justified on animal welfare grounds’. The motion of the debate was defeated with 70 against tail docking and 27 for it.


New legislation which restricts prophylactic tail docking in dogs will come into force in April this year. The debate was put forward to discuss the opinions of those on both sides of the debate.


Speakers for the motion included a veterinary surgeon, the secretary for the Boxer Breed Council and the Director of Communications for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.


Speakers against the motion included the founder of Vets Against Docking, Veterinary Director of the Dogs’ Trust and a representative from Veterinary Ethics and Law.


Guests also included people from the Council for Docked Breeds, breed associations, Vets For Docking, RSPCA, Vets Against Docking, Dogs’ Trust and the Anti-Docking Alliance.


The main reason that people thought tail docking was necessary was for medical purposes. Dogs can often injure their tails if not docked which can lead to much pain and a long healing process.


The main reason that people were against tail docking was that they thought it caused dogs unnecessary pain for purely a cosmetic purpose.


For more information about the debate contact Claire Brown, Animal Welfare Lecturer, on 01522 895473 or email cbrown@lincoln.ac.uk


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