02/06/2016 09:43 EST | Updated 02/06/2017 05:12 EST

Quebec's Order Of Veterinarians Bans Pet Cosmetic Surgery

Veterinarians in Quebec will no longer be able to crop the tails or ears of pets for cosmetic purposes beginning in 2017.

The province's order of veterinarians moved to prohibit certain cosmetic procedures in late January — a first for Quebec.

Ear-cropping and tail-docking are already prohibited in seven provinces either by law or regulatory bylaws.

In Quebec, veterinarians will no longer be allowed to dock or cut the tails of dogs, cattle and horses for cosmetic reasons. 

The order also banned ear cropping for dogs and cats, stating that it goes against the principles of ensuring an animal's wellbeing.

It is a stark contrast to Quebec's previous rules which mirrored those in Alberta and Ontario, where the decision on whether to operate is left up to individual animal doctors— even though veterinary groups in those provinces oppose such procedures in principle.

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