What does the law say about docking dog's tails?

Did you know that the practice of tail docking in South Africa is criminal offence?

The SPCA is urging owners and breeders to stop the practice or face a hefty fine.

Alwyn Marais from the charity says there's no valid reason why anyone apart from a vet should be docking dog;s tails, and then only for medical reasons.

He says the practice is merely exploitation of animals for financial gain.

Research has been done and it shows that dogs of any age do feel pain as a result of any of those procedures. Tail docking is done for cosmetic reasons and it is totally unnecessary...

Alwyn Marais, Wildlife unit manager at Cape Of Good Hope SPCA

Before 2008, tail docking was done by veterinarian and non-vets, due to a loophole in the law. After 2008, only veterinarians may perform the procedure and not for any cosmetic reasons whatsoever.

Alwyn Marais, Wildlife unit manager at Cape Of Good Hope SPCA

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