Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Image: Tail Docking Is To Avoid Injuries Like This

Press Release from the New Zealand Kennel Club

5 August 2004

Tail Docking Is Not Cosmetic, It Is To Avoid Injuries Like This:


The New Zealand Kennel Club continues to strongly support Freedom of Choice for dog owners over the issue of Tail Docking.

With the Animal Welfare (Restriction on Docking of Dogs’ Tails) Bill being drawn out of the Parliamentary ballot today, President of the New Zealand Kennel Club, Ray Greer, is hoping that Members of Parliament will not be swept away in the tide of emotion that has been generated by Dianne Yates’ Members Bill.

The New Zealand Kennel Club maintains that when the correct procedures are followed for tail docking, cruelty has never been proven. We adhere to this view despite the emotive cries from animal welfare organizations.

“The issue is that while tail docking is legal, the procedures can be carried out in a safe environment and by people who have had proper training. Make tail docking illegal and that is when we open up the possibility of inhumane procedures carried out by untrained owners”, says Ray Greer, President of the New Zealand Kennel Club.

He continues, “The reasons for supporting tail docking are many, and vary depending upon the individual breeds. It should be noted that we do not promote tail docking in all breeds. It must be understood that tail docking is not carried out for cosmetic reasons but rather is performed in breeds where having a tail becomes a safety or hygiene issue.”

Tail injuries amongst active hunting dogs can only be described as horrific. Tail docking is a humane way of managing such risks and therefore it is in the best interest of the dog to allow it.

To make tail docking illegal is not the answer, in fact doing so will only exacerbate the cruelty aspect that we are all trying to prevent. “Let tail docking remain legal so that it can continue to be performed in a safe and educated environment!” concludes Ray Greer.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news