Quebec Bans Cosmetic Veterinary Procedures For Pets

A ban on cropping dogs and cats' ears and docking their tails goes into effect in 2017.

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Doberman Pinschers are born with floppy ears and a long tail, but usually have their ears cropped and tail docked. Lunja/iStock/Thinkstock
Doberman Pinschers are born with floppy ears and a long tail, but usually have their ears cropped and tail docked. Lunja/iStock/Thinkstock
Ken Niedziela

When you try to picture a Doberman Pinscher, you probably see a dog with pointy ears and a little stub of a tail. Certain breeds traditionally have undergone ear cropping and tail docking, but those cosmetic surgical procedures will soon be forbidden in the Canadian province of Quebec.

The Quebec Order of Veterinarians (Ordre des Medecins Veterinaires du Quebec) moved late last month to ban the cosmetic tail docking and ear cropping of dogs and cats. In its position statement, the order said the cosmetic procedures goes against the fundamental principles of animal welfare.

The Miniature Schnauzer is another dog breed that traditionally undergoes ear cropping and tail docking. f8grapher/iStock/Thinkstock

The Miniature Schnauzer is another dog breed that traditionally undergoes ear cropping and tail docking. f8grapher/iStock/Thinkstock

The Order also extended the tail-shortening protection to horses and cattle.

The ban will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017, leaving Alberta and Ontario as the only Canadian provinces to permit the surgical procedures on dogs and cats.

British Columbia banned canine ear cropping last fall, but whether its move and Quebec’s will lead to a nationwide prohibition on cosmetic procedures is uncertain.

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