An­i­mal wel­fare rule changes

South Waikato News - - Out & About - ANNETTE LAMBLY

New an­i­mal wel­fare rules be­come com­pul­sory in Oc­to­ber 2018.

The reg­u­la­tions set out a num­ber of changes sup­ported by the New Zealand Ve­teri­nary As­so­ci­a­tion in­clud­ing tail dock­ing, dew claw re­moval, cat­tle dis­bud­ding, de­horn­ing and dock­ing.

Come Oc­to­ber 2018 all dogs can keep their tails. The new reg­u­la­tion pro­hibits tail dock­ing un­less by a vet­eri­nar­ian to treat a sig­nif­i­cant in­jury or dis­ease.

Cur­rently, dew claws in new­born pup­pies can be re­moved by any­one for any pur­pose.

Ruawai vet Ja­nine Hames be­lieves front dew claws should only be re­moved be­cause of in­jury, dis­ease or for safety pur­poses.

‘‘Some­times the dew claws of work­ing dogs can get floppy caus­ing them to get caught and torn,’’ she says.

It will also be­come an of­fence to dock cat­tle, ex­cept in an emer­gency, to pre­vent ex­ces­sive bleed­ing or fur­ther in­jury.

Cat­tle dis­bud­ding and de­horn­ing with­out pain re­lief will be out­lawed by Oc­to­ber 2019.


Tail dock­ing dogs will be il­le­gal from Oc­to­ber next year.

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