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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-06250: Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 17 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish its response to its consultation on the ban on tail docking, which closed on 3 May 2016.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 24 January 2017

The Scottish Government's intention to change legislation to permit the shortening of the tails of Spaniel and Hunt Point Retriever puppies where a vet believes they are likely to be used as a working dog and risk serious tail injury in later life was announced on 4 October 2016.

On the same day the independent analysis of the responses to the consultation was published on the Scottish Government website at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/animal-welfare/proposal-to-permit-tail-docking/ The consultation documents and published responses can both be accessed from that web page.