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Mutilation or Just Management?

by 5m Editor
11 December 2006, at 12:26pm

UK - One man's minor livestock management operation is another's animal mutilation. That is why operations most livestock farmers carry out as routine, such as castration of calves and lambs and tail-docking of pigs, are criticised by animal welfare groups.

The latest criticism, and a suggestion that the Scottish Executive is sending out mixed messages in proposed animal mutilation legislation, came yesterday from Advocates for Animals.

In response to the consultation, which ends next month, Advocates claim that "painful mutilations are routinely performed on millions of animals in Scotland each year, often without anaesthetic".

Most of these operations are unnecessary, said Libby Anderson, Advocates' political director: "But we are not saying there should be a complete ban. We are trying to take a measured approach by asking for each one to be reviewed.

Source: The Scotsman

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