Colorado lawmakers debate cutting cow tails, procedure called docking

DENVER - Dairy farmers won't be able to chop cow tails without anesthesia under a bill that advanced to the Colorado House Thursday.

The bill would ban so-called docking except when performed by a veterinarian using anesthesia. The measure passed a House committee 6-5.

Animal advocates argue tail docking robs cows of their built-in fly swatters and causes pain.

Few farmers dock cow tails the old-fashioned way, but those that do insist it isn't cruel. The bill has been amended to give farmers two years to comply.

If approved, Colorado would be the fifth state to require anesthesia for dairy cow tail docking.

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House Bill 1231: http://bit.ly/108Ic4y