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Plans to consult on the docking of working dogs' tails in Scotland

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THE Scottish Government announced last week that it intends to publish a consultation early in 2016 to seek views on whether to introduce a ‘tightly defined’ exemption regime to its existing ban on tail docking of dogs.

In Scotland, the docking of dogs' tails has been banned since April 2007. The ban applies to all breeds of dog and all situations other than for veterinary treatment where the tail is injured or diseased. The Scottish Government says that, since the introduction of …

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