New Zealand tail Docking

New Zealand presents one of the clearer cases regarding docking regulation. In 2011, the New Zealand Veterinarian Association prohibited its members from performing the procedure. This ban failed to gain legislative approval, and there fore lacked the force of law to the public at large.

The judgment could of been based on the Veterinary Council of New Zealand Submission on Animal welfare Regulations; Proposal 71 that authorized the tail docking of sheep. In this submission, it  has been acknowledged that at birth sheep have a fully functioning central nervous system, unlike that of dogs, which takes up to seven days to become fully functional.

Since 2012, after extensive consultation between the Government of New Zealand and the public, accredited banders have been permitted to dock tails, irrespective of breed or class (working, herding, etc). As of October 2016, more than 10,500 dogs have been docked under this arrangement, without complaint or the expression of medical concerns.

As of October 1, 2018 New Zealand inacted a total ban on tail docking, based on what other countries have done and inclusive or uncontroled studies.

Updated: October 08, 2016

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