Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 No 200
12 Certain procedures not to be performed on animals
(1) A person shall not:(a) dock the tail of a horse, bull, ox, bullock, steer, cow, heifer, calf or dog,(b) crop the ears of a dog,(c) operate upon a dog for the purpose of preventing the dog from being able to bark,(d) remove one or more of the claws of a cat,(e) grind, trim or clip one or more teeth of a sheep,(f) perform a clitoridectomy on a greyhound, or(g) fire or hot iron brand the face of an animal.Maximum penalty: 250 penalty units in the case of a corporation and 50 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both, in the case of an individual.(2) A person is not guilty of an offence against this section if the court is satisfied that the procedure comprising the alleged offence:(a) was docking the tail of a calf less than 6 months old when the offence was alleged to have been committed, or(a1) (Repealed)and the procedure was performed in the prescribed circumstances and in accordance with any conditions specified in the regulations.(b) was:(i) docking the tail of a cow, heifer or female calf,(ii) operating upon a dog for the purpose of preventing the dog from being able to bark,(iii) removing one or more of the claws of a cat,(iv) grinding, trimming or clipping one or more teeth of a sheep,(v) performing a clitoridectomy on a greyhound, orby a veterinary practitioner,(vi) firing or hot iron branding the face of an animal,(2A) A person is not guilty of an offence against this section if the court is satisfied that the procedure comprising the alleged offence was the docking of the tail of a dog, was performed by a veterinary practitioner and was in the interests of the dog’s welfare.(3) In this section:clip the tooth of a sheep means breaking off the crown of a tooth with pliers or another tool or implement.dock the tail of an animal means to remove all or part of the tail of the animal (other than a part of the tail consisting only of fur, hair, feathers or the like) whether by surgical or other means.grind the tooth of a sheep means grinding down a tooth with an electric angle grinder or another tool or implement.trim the tooth of a sheep means cutting off a tooth with an abrasive disc or another tool or implement.