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Inquiry launched to examine tail-docking of working dogs

Campaigners calling for a law banning tail-docking in Scotland to be overturned for working dogs have claimed a breakthrough after the Scottish Government agreed to commission research into the issue.

A study is being carried out by the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow to gather evidence on whether the law should be changed to make it legal for puppies that will be working dogs to have up to a third of their tails removed.

Since 2007, it has been illegal to dock the tail of any dog in Scotland. In contrast, in England and Wales there is an exemption for certain working breeds.

More than 1,000 people have already responded to the survey to spell out their experiences as owners of working dogs, The Scotsman has learned.

The £44,500 research will also examine Scottish vets’ records of tail injuries among working breeds such as springer spaniels, cocker spaniels and German shorthaired pointers.

Groups including the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, Countryside Alliance, and British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) have been campaigning to get the law changed in Scotland for the past five years. Read more click here.


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