Dogs with docked tails significantly less likely to sustain tail injuries says Veterinary Record - No change in current legislation says the report from the Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Post-Legislative Assessment of the
Animal Welfare Act 2006

Dogs with docked tails are significantly less likely to sustain tail injuries, finds research published in the Veterinary Record. Analysed, it showed that circa 16,000 dogs suffered tail injuries in the UK for a recent 12 month period and circa 5,000 underwent adult tail amputation! Nothing short of a scandal, resulting from an Act of Parliament that was designed to protect the welfare of animals.

The CDB was pleased to hear that the effects of the Animal Welfare Act were going to be assessed and observations on to the Committee in to be considered in the review.

The Committee published its findings late December 2010 and offered no changes to the original Act on the subject, thus ensuring that further pain and suffering is inflicted on those dogs who can no longer have their tails docked shortly after birth.

A sad day for the traditionally docked breeds.

The full findings of the Committee can be viewed in pdf format here and tail docking barely gets a mention.