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Tail Docking

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.

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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
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