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CKC Supports Freedom of Choice Despite BC Ban on Tail Docking

The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia implemented a ban on the tail docking of dogs, effective November 8, 2016. Despite the new ban, CKC continues to support our breeders whose breeds have traditionally been docked and veterinarians who are still able to provide this service. Purebred dog breeders value the skill and expertise of their veterinarians and know that when such a procedure is performed by a vet, it assures the procedure is performed under the most humane of conditions.
 
News of the recent ban has brought about media enquiries concerning this issue and our position is clear: it’s all about freedom of choice.

Docked tails are a significant part of a breed’s history. Our policy maintains that such a procedure is not cosmetic, but performs a function that is integral to the health and welfare of the breed:
 
Tail docking and dewclaw removal are performed for safety in field working breeds and for hygienic reasons in other breeds. They prevent injury and promote hygienic animal husbandry. Tail docking and removal of dewclaws when performed on young puppies is consistent with similar practices in the livestock industry.
 
CKC understands the need to re-evaluate breed standards as societal values continue to evolve and as such, is working with breed clubs to update their breed standards that include tail docking. Ultimately, our Club does not believe that a ban on tail docking will stop the practice because these services continue to be available in Ontario and Alberta and many countries, including the United States.  
 
“Our CKC member breeders have a right to be concerned about the new ban,” said British Columbia CKC Director Joan Bennett. “They know their breeds better than anyone else and they understand that such a practice can be necessary to ensure the health and safety of their breeds.”
 
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