In Quebec, veterinarians will no longer be allowed to dock or cut the tails of dogs, cattle and horses for cosmetic reasons.
Canada has recently such practices as ear cropping and tail docking of dogs, horses, and cattle, in seven provinces across the country. Although these practices are prohibited in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Quebec and Alberta are still permitted.
Now, the British Columbia Veterinary College voted to ban amputation of the tail of dogs and horses for cosmetic purposes.
According to the professional association more than 91% of the veterinarians voted against this practice.
The College adds that there is no scientific evidence to support the argument that amputation is good for the welfare of these animals. Rather, it can cause them harm and cause ghosts or infections.
Cutting the ears of dogs for cosmetic reasons is already prohibited in the province of British Columbia.
Veterinarians who continue to perform ablations will face sanctions, warns the veterinary college in that province. The Quebec order of veterinarians says docking tails and cropping ears can cause infections and chronic pain.
Quoted by the CBC, Dr. Karen Joy Goldenberg, a veterinarian at the Pierrefonds Animal Hospital said, “Tail docking is actually an amputation. You’re cutting off multiple vertebrae with all of the nerves and tissue around it. Same idea for the ears. Cropping the ears, you’re basically cutting half of the ear off with its cartilage, just to give the ear a specific shape”. “Canadians should realize that cosmetic surgery on animals causes unnecessary pain” stated our main source.