A new study will explore the occurrence of tail injuries in dogs in order to determine whether the blanket ban on the docking of all dogs brought in under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act is necessary.

The Kennel Club is highlighting a new study commissioned by the Scottish Government calling on residents in Scotland who own a working gundog or a terrier in pest control.
 
Heubach hunting dogConducted by the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, the survey is exploring the occurrence of tail injuries in dogs, and aims to determine whether the blanket ban on the docking of all dogs brought in under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act is necessary.
 
When Scottish legislation was originally brought forward regarding tail docking, the Kennel Club campaigned strongly in defence of freedom of choice for the breeder.
 
The Scottish Animal Welfare Team held a consultation on a research paper entitled “Risk factors for tail injuries in dogs in Great Britain” by G. Diesel, D. Pfeiffer, S. Crispin & D. Brodbelt in 2010. The Kennel Club responded stating that it would be misguided and disingenuous to base a change in policy on the findings of a single study that could be seen to be premature and without adequate scientific backing.
 
In response to the new study, Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club communications director said: “We are pleased that the Scottish Government has taken heed of our advice to commission further research on this contentious topic, and would urge all those who fit the requirements of the study to get involved.”

 

  • To respond to the survey, or for further details, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TAIL or phone Glasgow University on 0141 330 8437 to be sent a paper version of the questionnaire.
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