Regulated by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (NSW) and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2012 (NSW).
Section 12 of the Act provides that a layperson may dock the tail of a calf provided:
- the calf is less than six months of age; and
- the procedure complies with the Regulations.
Regulation 20 of the Regulations require that:
- the docking is necessary;
- the docking is on the advice of a veterinary practitioner; and
- the docking is to treat an injury or disease of the calf.
It is a condition of the docking of the tail of a female calf less than 6 months old that the tail is left long enough to cover the vulva unless it is necessary, on the advice of a veterinary practitioner, to cut the tail shorter so as to treat the injury or disease concerned.
Docking the tail of any cattle 6 months of age or older is only allowed where:
- the person doing so is a veterinary practitioner; and
the docking is necessary to treat an injury or disease of the animal.