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.