The CCC(Q) position on the issue of tail docking
The following statement has been issued by the Australian National Kennel Council and is the official position of the CCC(Q) and also of all other Controls in Australia on the issue of tail docking.
The Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) totally opposes any move to ban the tail docking of some breeds of purebred dogs.

Opponents of tail docking now claim that it is performed for cosmetic reasons because their previous claims such as 'cruelty' cannot be substantiated and fail in logic.
The ANKC rejects the claim that tail docking is carried out for cosmetic reasons. Tail docking is a long established animal management practice based upon injury prevention and health enhancement.
In the United Kingdom 64 practising and experienced veterinarians have publicly opposed any move to ban tail docking and a further 37 have committed to the opposition. They have done so due to their belief that docking does serve a useful purpose, that their experience has shown docked puppies experience no adverse effects, and that the opposition to docking is not based on science and considered reason.
Tail docking is carried out by ANKC members strictly in accordance with a Code of Practice that specifies which breeds may be docked; the reasons for docking; the age limitations for docking; who may dock; and provides for penalties for non compliance with the code. This Code was introduced with the welfare of puppies foremost in mind.
Docking of puppies of breeds listed as docked breeds is not compulsory under ANKC Rules, and the ANKC will vigorously defends its members right to choose whether to dock or not dock.
Tail docking of specific breeds is based upon practical experience with those breeds and the knowledge that the docking prevents injury and other health issues. There is no scientific evidence to show that tail docking harms a puppy in any way.
Governments and welfare agencies would do well to address the core issues relating to animal welfare. Dogs do suffer through mismanagement, improper breeding and overbreeding. Currently these essentially human problems are addressed by the euthanasia of dogs and the mass neutering of dogs. The welfare of dogs would be better served by programs aimed at the education of people.
The following letter was received from the Hon. H Palaszczuk MP, the Queensland Minister for Primary Industries and Rural Communities in response to correspondence from Mrs McMurtrie, CCC(Q) President. This letter explains the Queensland Government's position on the issue.
30 April 2003

Ms Judith McMurtrie
President
Canine Control Council (Queensland)
Dear Ms McMurtrie
I refer to your letters of 17 March and 8 April 2003 concerning the ban on the cosmetic tail docking of dogs.
Scientific evidence indicates that removing a dog's tail is painful. Puppies' tails have a good nerve supply and removal involves cutting or crushing skin, muscles, tendons, and sometimes bone or cartilage. The extent of the pain is difficult to measure. In a survey amongst Queensland veterinarians in 1996, seventy-six percent were opposed to the practice because they believed it caused significant to severe pain. British veterinarians have similar beliefs.
Under the Queensland Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (the Act), cruelty is defined as causing an animal pain that, in circumstances, is unjustifiable, unnecessary or unreasonable. Thus in a legal sense, whether routine tail docking is cruel or not depends on whether the pain caused by the procedure is justified, necessary and reasonable. It is considered that cosmetic tail docking is not justified.
I am advised that consultation on the Act, which includes the tail docking provisions, occurred over many years and included a green paper for public consultation. Consultation meetings occurred in 1997 with key animal user groups, animal welfare organisations, professional organisations and government departments including the Canine Control Council (Queensland), (CCC(Q)).
A final consultation draft was provided in confidence to a number of key groups, government and non-government in early October 2000 to allow them to examine the entire Bill in detail and discuss any concerns. The CCC(Q) endorsed the thrust of the then draft Bill.* The CCC(Q) did however, recommend that the Australian National Kennel Council Code of Practice for tail docking form the basis of the regulation which would flow from section
26 of the Bill, now section 24 under the Act.**

The Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC) met on 10 April 2003 to discuss a national coordination of the ban on routine tail docking of dogs. The Ministers noted that some jurisdictions have proceeded or will proceed, with implementation by

1 December 2003 of the necessary legislative mechanisms to enact a ban.Other jurisdictions are considering their positions. PIMC agreed to seek to finalise a national position on this issue by 30 June 2003. The Minister intends to proceed with the implementation of the ban in Queensland and will continue to advocate a national ban.
This will mean that any person may legally dock a dog's tail in Queensland until midnight on 25 October 2003. After midnight on 25 October 2003, section 24 of the Act will automatically commence and it will be illegal for a person to cosmetically dock the tail of any dog in Queensland.

As you would be aware tail docking is not a mandatory requirement of any breed standard recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council. The Breed standard allows tails to be left in a natural state for judging purposes.
Veterinarian would be permitted to remove damaged or diseased tails where the veterinarian reasonably considers that the docking is in the interests of the dog's welfare.
Thanking you for bringing this matter to my attention.

Yours sincerely
Henry Palaszczuk MP
Minister for Primary Industries
And Rural Communities
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The CCC(Q) position on the issue of tail docking This will mean that any person may legally dock a dog's ... will automatically commence and it will be illegalfor a person to cosmetically dock the tail of any dog in Queensland.

Well, as far as I am concerned, that's great news!

My Cindy has the most beautiful tail which she swings and wags and she obviously makes full use of when running, turning corners and stopping, not to mention a hand bit of entertainment kit ~ she loves to chase it :-)))

Injuries? ~ she's scraped her ears a few times.
Saw a lovely longtailed Westie this morning outside the Co-op store.. his Dad looked a bit old and grumpy so I didn't bother to comment but I am glad that here in the UK more and more people are choosing to seek breeders who won't dock or ask breeders specifically for undocked puppies.

Diana
I love watching Dibby's tail wag , after having a dog that didn't have a tail , I find it fascinating.

Alison
Rescues.
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Links to animal information websites
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Yay for Australia! I wholeheartedly agree that if funds are going to be spent, and opposition highly presented on an issue, the issue should be educating the public on responsible pet ownership and working towards reducing the numbers of dogs in shelters each year. I don't see the merit in tackling a cosmetic issue when such bigger issues exist and are getting bigger everyday.

Tara