Dog owners and breeders in B.C. will no longer be able to get their animals’ tails docked.
The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia is banning the cosmetic procedure for dogs, horses and cattle, and tail alteration in horses.
“Veterinarians in B.C. have advanced animal welfare in the province through this vote,” says College President Dr. Brendan Matthews.
The College says no scientific evidence supports a welfare or medical benefit for tail docking or alteration, but evidence does show a detrimental effect on behaviour and animal communication, as well as the risk for infection and phantom pain.
It says some breed associations continue to resist bans because of historical practices.
The BC SPCA could investigate and recommend charges against a veterinarian who violates the ban.
Last year the College banned cosmetic ear cropping.