In 2007, Scotland demonstrated leadership and became the only country in the UK to ban tail-docking for all puppies.

Weimaraner dog with docked tail

The move was widely welcomed by animal welfare and veterinary organisations and the public, and the ban protected many thousands of dogs from this unnecessary and painful procedure.

In 2016 the Scottish Government proposed reintroducing tail-docking for working dog breeds. The proposal was strongly criticised by all the major veterinary bodies and animal welfare organisations operating in Scotland.

This report was produced by OneKind to help put the animal welfare case to MSPs, press and the public.