Posted On 19/10/2011 By In Law for Animals With 1184 Views

AWBI issues an advisory banning docking and ear-cropping for all breeds of all ages

AWBI notice against docking & ear cropping

In an advisory issued on 8 Sept 2011 the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) deemed the practice of ‘docking’ and ‘ear-cropping’ as a mutilation and therefore against the Prevention of Cruelty Act of 1960, illegal and a punishable offence.

The advisory directs the:

  • Veterinary Council to issue directions to vets, state vet councils, veterinary colleges & practitioners
  • Kennel clubs to ensure compliance
  • All State and district SPCA’s  to work with the local police and seek legal help in ensuring implementation

This goes for dogs of all breeds including the most commonly docked breeds such as  Doberman’s, Cocker Spaniels, Great Danes, Boxers etc and carried out at any age of the dog.



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