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Cats and dogs in Quebec are about to go au naturale.

The province’s order of veterinarians recently moved to prohibit certain cosmetic procedures for animals. Beginning in 2017, vets in Quebec will no longer be able to dock or cut the tails of dogs, cats, horses or cattle for cosmetic reasons. Additionally, ear cropping was banned for cats and dogs as well.

The reason for these decisions is because the order found that those cosmetic procedures go against the principles of ensuring an animal’s well being. The move means Quebec will now join seven other provinces that have banned tail-docking and ear-cropping as well.

“These surgeries do not improve the health of animals and have certain medical risks that would be avoided, especially those under anesthesia, secondary infections and acute pain as well as chronic,” the order wrote in a statement.

Previously, Quebec’s rules dictated that the decision to operate should be left up to individual veterinarians. So it’s nice to know that, across the board, all animals will now be protected.

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