Ban "Tail Docking" of Farm Animals

  • by: Animal Advocates
  • target: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Tail docking, (also called tail banding), is the cruel and unnessary proceedure practiced on farm animals- such as cows, sheep and pigs. The animals tail is cut off- exposing nerves and tailbones with no pain relief- or, a rubber band is wrapped tightly on the tail until the blood supply is stopped and the tail atrophies and falls off.

Tail docking of cattle is considered so cruel it is prohibited in California and Ohio and condemned by animal welfare experts worldwide, including the American and Canadian Veterinary Medical Associations.

We ask The USDA to ban this cruel and  unnecessary practice nationwide.

Tom Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 720-2791
Email: http://ds.usda.gov/

Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Veterinary Services
Deputy Administrator Dr. John R. Clifford
USDA/APHIS/AC
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale,
MD 20737-1234
Phone: (301) 851-3751
Fax: (301) 734-4978
E-mail: ace@aphis.usda.gov

Tail docking, (also called tail banding), is the cruel and unnessary proceedure practiced on farm animals- such as cows, sheep and pigs. The animals tail is cut off- exposing nerves and tailbones with no pain relief- or, a rubber band is wrapped tightly on the tail until the blood supply is stopped and the tail atrophies and falls off.


Tail docking of cattle is considered so cruel it is prohibited in California and Ohio and condemned by animal welfare experts worldwide, including the American and Canadian Veterinary Medical Associations.


We ask The USDA to ban this cruel and  unnecessary practice nationwide.

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