July 19, 2017

The RSPCA remains opposed to the non-therapeutic docking of dogs tails.

Under Dogthe Animal Welfare Act 2006 it is illegal to amputate part of, or all of, a dog’s tail unless for medical purposes. However, certified working dogs of certain breeds were exempted from this ban when the Docking of Working Dogs’ Tails (Wales) Regulations 2007 was passed by the Assembly in 2007, subject to several conditions.

The Welsh Government proposed the same exemption list of breeds as in England (Scotland introduced a complete ban) and thus the RSPCA supported a backbench amendment in the National Assembly for Wales, which was successful, in further reducing the number of breeds exempted.

A Defra-funded report has studied tail injury in dogs and its association with docking.

The RSPCA believes that sufficient time has passed that it would now be appropriate to review the regulations. There is now more scientific evidence available to support the RSPCA’s argument that the legislation should be further amended to provide for a complete ban on tail docking in Wales.