Ethics of tail docking, dehorning and castration

June 2010
Veterinary Record: Journal of the British Veterinary Association;6/5/2010, Vol. 166 Issue 23, p705
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The article focuses on the ethics of tail docking, dehorning and castration of farm animals in Great Britain. British Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation (BVA AWF) trustee David Chennells said that tail docking of pigs can create pain, stress and injury. Kat Bazeley of Synergy Farm Health noted that castration and dehorning are done to prevent unwanted pregnancies and injuries to humans but could also create pain, fear, inflammation and infections. It suggests the use of polled breeds as an alternative to dehorning.


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