10 Year Disqualification from owning dogs not enough
NZCDB claim 10 Year Disqualification from owning
dogs "Just not enough."
Press Release issued 17 June 2014
New Zealand Council of Docked Breeds(NZCDB) spokesperson Mrs Lesley Chalmers considers "a life time ban would be more appropriate". Commenting on the Radio Network report from 14 June, Chalmers goes on to say "for the past ten years the NZCDB has always supported SPCA and NZVA in the pursuit of prosecution of any individual that causes pain or distress to any dog while not using the correct protocols for shortening tails." She hastens to add "if you don't believe me, just check our previous Press Releases."
The NZCDB administers a panel of accredited people that are experienced breeders who follow strict procedures and protocols when carrying out the banding procedure. "We know we are not causing pain or distress to either puppies or their mother. The procedures were reviewed and accepted by the NAWAC Committee that was responsible for the introduction of the current Code of Welfare for dogs in 2010. Chalmers goes on, "As far as the NZCDB is aware, since the inception of this Code no further countries have introduced a ban and still no scientific evidence has been supplied to support the SPCA claims that the procedure causes pain. This prosecution proves that New Zealand already has the power to punish those that inflict any pain on animals and makes a farce of the SPCA claim that it does not have the ability to prosecute under the current legislation. "
"Furthermore, the SPCA is incorrect in claiming there are 33 countries in the world that have banned the practice, we supplied the correct information to the Select Committee by way of our submission. However we remain concerned about the often misquoted facts and figures and over-emotive language opponents to docking. As an example, while making the claims of the number of countries with a ban, the SPCA remains silent on the number of countries that have now permitted certain breeds to be docked again due to the significant number of injuries being recorded."