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Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 No 200
Current version for 7 July 2017 to date (accessed 23 August 2017 at 23:52)
Part 2 Section 12
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(a1)    (Repealed)
(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, or
(vi)  firing or hot iron branding the face of an animal,
by a veterinary practitioner,
and the procedure was performed in the prescribed circumstances and in accordance with any conditions specified in the regulations.
(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.