Tail docking is now banned in all states of Australia. The legislation came into effect at different times for different states, but by the beginning of 2003/4, it was banned in all states. It may still be carried out by a veterinary surgeon for “therapeutic and prophylactic reasons”, but few vets are prepared to do it.
Breeders are totally banned from docking.
Personally nothing better then a well carried tail on a dog..
The cosmetic tail docking of dogs is now in effect, this means let me say it AGAIN that dog’s tails should no longer be docked by anyone other than a vet for reasons that are in the best interests of the animal concerned, i.e.only when a tail has been damaged through injury or disease.
Fines are up to $15,000 for anyone caught docking dogs tail.
||Yes/No||name of relevant act/special conditions and requirements|
|ACT||No||Animal Welfare Act 1992 – Section 19A
|NSW||No||Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 – Section 12
|NT||No||Animal Welfare Act 2007 – Section 9
|QLD||No||Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 – Section 24|
|SA||No||Animal Welfare Regulations 2000 – Regulation 6
|TAS||No||Animal Welfare Regulations 2008 – Regulation 5|
|VIC||No||Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tail Docking of Dogs) Regulations 2004 – Regulation 7A|
|WA||No||Animal Welfare (General) Regulations 2003 – Regulation 14|