Updated October 08, 2018
In October 2016, after much campaigning, extended research, and consultation between the Government of Scotland and the public at large, the outright ban on tail docking of dogs in Scotland's was slated to be overturned.
The responsible Government Ministers are to create exemptions which will allow vets to shorten the tails of spaniels and hunt point retrievers during their early infancy, with legislation was brought before Holyrood Scotland in early May, 2017.
The was a part of a series of measures aimed at improving animal welfare in Scotland.
On the reversal of the outright ban, Enviroment Secretary Ms.Roseanna Cunningham stated the following:
"we have seen evidence that some working dogs are suffering tail injuries, so I have decided to allow vets to shorten the tails of spaniel and hunt point retriever pupppies where they believe it will prevent future injuries amongst working dogs.": Scotland ban on total tail docking lifted.
That statement, emerging from a government that once enacted tan outright tail docking ban, is a clear acknowledgment of thte fact that tail docking contains preventative health benefits. While the exemption only takes into account tail injuries suffered by dogs performing working duties, it stunningly fails to account for the fact that reseach has already shown that most tail injuries are suffered in the home.
Furthermore, this policy reversal came in the face of serious public opposition to the outright ban:
* 92 percent of participants who engaged in the government consultation process supported docking for these breeds.
* 62 percent of participants stated that the outright ban has had a negative impact on professional breeding in Scotland
* 62 percent of participants claimed to know of people "who were buying working dogs with docked tails from elsewhere."
In response to the outright ban being overturned in Scotland, Alex Hogg, chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association stated that the new policy would be a " Major improvement to animal welfare legislation in this country."