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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Scotland Bans Snipping Puppy Dogs' Tails (No Mention of Snails)

Scotland's environment and rural development department is implementing
a ban on the docking of dogs' tails, complete with the threat of a £5,000 fine and six months in jail for anyone found guilty of the offence.

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Police and local authority inspectors will use a range of powers under animal heath (sic) and welfare acts to enforce the law. It will also be illegal to transport breeding bitches to another country, including England, Ireland or Wales, where docking is still legal, with the intention of having puppies' tails removed.
Bitches, man. If docking -- the practice of snipping a newborn puppy's tail to prevent injury later in life -- is inhumane, then I suppose so also are spaying and neutering, and human male circumcision. Where are the fines and gaol times for those terrible offences?

More here from The Scotsman. Text of the regulation here.

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