Amputations in vertebrates: shortening the tip of the beak, shortening the end piece of the tail of calves under three months old Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

The performance of essential amputations requires permission.

Unauthorized amputations are:

  • the shortening of the tip of the beak of laying hens in chicks under ten days old,
  • the shortening of the tips of beaks in other poultry species,
  • the shortening of the end piece of the tail of calves under three months old by means of elastic rings.

However, if their implementation is essential, they require permission.


  • The persons carrying out the data possess the necessary knowledge and skills.
  • It is credibly demonstrated that the interference is essential for the intended use of the animal for its protection or for the protection of other animals.

The permit is granted for a limited period of time and contains provisions on the nature, scope and time of the intervention and the person performing it.

  • § 6 Abs. 2, Abs. 3 Tierschutzgesetz (TierSchG),
  • Landesverordnung über Verwaltungsgebühren (Allgemeiner Gebührentarif), Tarifstelle - VwGebV.

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  • § 6 TierSchG
  • VwGebV

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