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Alberta Veterinary Medical Association Votes to Ban Ear Cropping & Tail Docking.

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At the ABVMA Annual General Meeting, held today February 24th 2019, ABVMA members voted in favour of banning several surgeries they have deemed ‘cosmetic’, including cropping and docking.

These include:
Ear Cropping
Tail Docking
Forelimb Dewclaw Amputation
Cosmetic Dentistry
Body Piercing
Devocalization
Feline Partial Digital Amputation

This vote does not outlaw the above procedures, but it does prevent licensed veterinarians in the province of Alberta from performing these procedures.

Where else are the procedures banned?

Alberta joins New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec in banning VMA members from performing tail docking & ear cropping.

Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Manitoba have VMA member bans on ear cropping only.

PEI and Newfoundland have provincial legislation against tail docking, ear cropping, and most cosmetic surgeries.

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

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Rob is a long time purebred dog enthusiast. Starting out in obedience sports, his main interests morphed into conformation and breeding. Rob is a breeder and exhibitor of Golden Retrievers under the Conquerer prefix.

4 COMMENTS

  1. “This vote does not outlaw the above procedures, but it does prevent licensed veterinarians in the province of Alberta from performing these procedures.”
    What legislation is in place to prevent UNqualified people from carrying out these procedures?

  2. I am so glad to hear about that news. Dogs need to be left the way they are born, as far as cosmetic surgery goes.
    Cropping leads to unnecessary ear problems, and docking doesn’t let the dog use its tail the way it was meant to be. I never could understand why that was allowed in the first place.
    I’m not a dog breeder, but the ABVMA did the proper thing. Nice going.

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