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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 The consultation documents and published responses can both be accessed from that web page.