Governor signs bill banning dairy cow tail docking
Oct. 16, 2009 - - Legislation that ends the practice of docking the tails of
dairy cattle, SB135 by Senator Dean Florez (D-Shafter), has been signed by Gov.
Schwarzenegger. The bill was supported by the Humane Society of the United
States, as well as the California Veterinary Medical Association, ASPCA,
California Cattlemen’s Association, and California Farm Bureau. Western United
Dairymen adopted a neutral position on the bill after forcing the addition of
Historically, tail docking has been used to prevent fecal matter, mud and other contaminants from becoming a problem in milking parlors. Jim Cullor, director of the University of California Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare, said that only about 2.5 percent of the state’s 1.5 million dairy cows have had their tails docked.