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What is the current policy on tail docking in dogs?

Tail docking is the ampuitation of a dog’s tail at varying lengths according to a set of breed standards.  As of 1 June 2008 the docking of tails purely for cosmetic reasons has been banned by the South African Veterinary Council.  Tail amputations will in future only be done if necessary for medical reasons and a certificate may be provided to verify the reasons.