Scottish Government’s proposed tail shortening exemption for working dogs


About the Inquiry

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has agreed to invite views on the draft Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2017.

The draft Regulations, which must be considered by the Committee by 20 June 2017, would permit the shortening, by up to a third and by a vet, 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 possibly risk serious tail injury in later life.

The Committee is aware of the range of views held on this issue and has seen the evidence provided to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the issue in 2016. The Committee is interested in receiving views on the specific provisions of the draft Regulations that provide any additional rationale on whether such an exemption for tail docking of working dogs should be permitted.

Under parliamentary procedure, the Committee has no more than 40 days to consider the draft Regulations. It therefore requests that submissions be kept to a minimum – preferably 2 sides of A4 or less.

How to submit your views

The deadline for responses by 12 noon on Thursday 1 June 2017. Evidence received after this deadline will be published on the Committee’s website but will not be considered by the Committee as part of its scrutiny of the draft Regulations.

Before making a submission, please read our policy on treatment of written evidence by subject and mandatory Committees. Written submissions will be made public on the Committee’s webpage. If you do not wish your response to be made public, please contact the clerks to discuss.

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language.

Responses should be sent electronically in Word format to: 

You may also make hard copy written submissions to:

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