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The Commission has developed various activities to prevent routine tail docking:

Cutting the need for tail docking - leaflet

Reducing Tail Docking - Best Practice - videos



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Commission recommendation (EU) 2016/336 of 8 March 2016 on the application of Council Directive 2008/120/EC laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs as regards measures to reduce the need for tail-docking

Staff working document

Staff working document on best practices with a view to the prevention of routine tail-docking and the provision of enrichment materials to pigs [SWD(2016)49 final] Following the adoption of the Commission Recommendation (EU) 2016/336 as regards measures to reduce the need for tail-docking, the staff working document provides useful tools to a harmonised understanding on how the provision of manipulable material and avoidance of tail-docking can be practically achieved.

Related documents

Commission Decision of 25 May 2022 on the financing of the preparatory action "Developing a system for the automated measuring of tail length and tail lesions of pigs at the slaughter line" - Annex to the decision