Ban Tail Docking on Dogs in Ireland


/ #19 Actual text of the Act

2013-11-10 22:13

Paragraph 16 of the act explicitly prohibits removing tissue from an animal for cosmetic reasons:

"A person shall not carry out, or cause or permit another
person to carry out, on an animal, an operation or procedure which
involves interference with, or the removal of, the sensitive tissue or
the bone structure of the animal

a) for a purpose other than veterinary treatment, unless the
operation or procedure is carried out in accordance

(i) animal health and welfare regulations, or
(ii) regulations under section 54A (inserted by section 2
of the Veterinary Practice (Amendment) Act 2012)
of the Veterinary Practice Act 2005,
b) for cosmetic reasons, or
c) in a manner that
(i) obliterates or obscures any mark identifying the ani-
mal, or
(ii) renders the identification of the owner of the animal
more difficult."

So this petition is a bit unnecessary.

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