No Tail Left Behind", an online campaign to educate the public on the dangers of tail docking, bringing awareness about the truth of this painful, out dated, unnecessary practice. This weekend, I debuted my No Tail Left Behind blog you are reading now, and today is the great "Blog the Change for Animals" blogging event where bloggers from all over the world come together and blog about important animal advocacy issues that are important. Bringing awareness to the perils that some animals face is of most importance to us all. I felt it most apropos to share my own story and why tail docking must be banned in the U.S.
Studies Reveal Tail Docking in Puppies is Painful. As an example of how the puppies are suffering...go look up "mini schnauzer puppies" images and really look at their faces (for the ones with docked tails only a few weeks after it is done). They are MISERABLE! Do any of them look happy? Think about it.
|Pixel "hiding" from her tail pain|
Here are some misnomers about tail docking:
1. The puppies don't feel pain when they get their tails docked within the first week of birth. FALSE According to Dr. Wasnbrough, "puppies slower conduction due to incomplete myelination, is offset by the shorter interneuronal and neuromuscular distances the pain impulse has to travel, therefore, creating greater pain due to the pup's undeveloped inhibitory pain pathways. In layman's terms, Dr. Robert explains that cutting through muscles, tendons, nerves, bones or cartilages, would result in intense pain to a level that would never be allowed to be inflicted on a human being!
2. Docking a dog's tail will help keep it cleaner so that poo does not get matted up in the fur. FALSE There are dozens of dog breeds with far more fluffier tails than breeds such as Pomeranians, German Shepherds, and many others. They don't get their tails docked to "keep them clean".
3. A working dog needs to get their tail docked so they don't injure it when out running around in the fields. It could get caught in a fence...those injuries can be nasty! FALSE Yes, dogs can get injured, they can get a tail caught in something and an injury can be bad. However, dogs can hurt a paw, or scrape the side of their body on something and get injured too. The "chance" of an injury does not equate removing an entire appendage. We don't remove their paws so they "won't get it hurt". Inflicting harm upon a dog to prevent injury does not make any logical sense.
Oh, and on the subject of "working dogs", there are MANY breeds that are working dogs, doing police work, or doing search and rescue work in dangerous earthquake rubble or in dangerous urban environments. They don't dock their tails. Have you ever seen a noble German Shepherd with a docked tail so it doesn't "injure it"? Exactly.
list of signs and symptoms that your docked tail dog is having troubles. I will post them in another blog post here this week as well.
@NoTailLeftBhind. Share my blog posts, share my Facebook posts, re-tweet me on Twitter. Tell EVERYONE but please always be nice. Many people do not know, and you attract more bees to honey, and more change of thinking with kindness. Contact your local Congress people and Senators about it too. The more letters they receive, the more they will want to bring about change. Here is a List of Congress members by State and here is a List of Senators by State. Always be polite and give good information. And please refer them to us. I will soon be drafting a letter for everyone to use in case they need a little assistance.
Please make sure to also visit our host for this important blogging event, Be the Change for Animals. They are an amazing group and I am honored to be associated with them. They actually did a feature on No Tail Left Behind back in October 2012. They are amazing! Make sure to visit some of these other bloggers below who have important messages as well.