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Dogs: Animal Welfare

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of illegal tail-docking prosecuted since April 2007 have resulted in a conviction. (251078)

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts under the Animal Welfare Act for the offence “Removing or causing or permitting or failing to prevent removal of dog's tail other than for medical treatment” in England and Wales in 2007 are as follows:


Proceeded against

Found guilty





Office for Criminal Justice reform - Evidence and Analysis Unit

These data are provided on the principal offence basis.

Court proceedings data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.