BREAKING NEWS: At the AGM of Veterinary Ireland this morning, Mr Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine announced that under the new Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 the docking of dogs Tails and removal of Dew Claws by non veterinary professionals will NOT be permitted.
Minister Conveney also confirmed that any procedures carried out for purely cosmetic reasons will also NOT be permitted. Consideration will be given to the docking of certain breeds but ONLY if scientific evidence shows that it is of a welfare benefit.
The three national animal welfare organisations, Dogs Trust, the ISPCA and the Irish Blue Cross which lobbied together with the Veterinary community welcome Minister Coveney’s announcement and congratulate him and his officials on the Animal Health and Welfare Act which is the most extensive piece of animal welfare legislation since the foundation of the state.
source: Dogs Trust Ireland
This is wonderful! I hope he has made laws to make sure that cats are not declawed as well.