New Law Prevents Aesthetic Clipping Of Dogs In Quebec
The new year is bringing a new animal law to Quebec, which will make it illegal for veterinarians to perform cosmetic surgeries to clip a dog’s tail or ears to match a ‘breed’ standard.
Veterinarians in Quebec will no longer be able to perform aesthetic surgeries like tail docking or ear clipping for cosmetic purposes. The law went into effect January 1, 2017, and makes it illegal for veterinarians to perform the procedures if not specifically for medical purposes.
Still, the procedures are still legal in provinces like Ontario, and in the United States, and breeders will most likely continue the cropping practice in those places. More, should the restrictions become even more widespread, breeders claim they may be forced to turn to those who are not vets to do the procedures in order to maintain the breed integrity.
We applaud the measure to restrict the cropping, and hope that the societal change Dr. Stiles hopes for does indeed happen.