The cruel practice of cutting off dogs’ tails in Spain has finally been banned across the country.
The tails’ were snipped off by owners for aesthetic reasons, and also to improve the dogs’ performance when hunting.
This is the latest victory for animal rights activists in Spain, who campaigned for a law to be created to protect dogs from this brutal procedure. Under the new law, the amputation of ears, claws, teeth or vocal chords will also be banned.
‘Tail docking’ is the practice of removing a dog’s tail without anaesthetic when he or she is a puppy. It’s still popular in many parts of the world, especially parts of Canada and the US. But, as well as being a painful procedure, if performed incorrectly it can also cause longterm health problems for dogs.
“Cutting the tail due to the owner’s own whims is cruelty,” said Zaida Cantera from the social-democratic PSOE party.
Guillermo Díaz of Ciudadanos said that those who harm animals for their own gratification are “in many ways a danger to society. How many sociopaths have started by torturing animals?”
The Spanish Congress on Thursday passed the law, which will put Spain in line with the 1987 European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals.
It will now be up to a vet’s digression whether tail docking should take place due to medical reasons.
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