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Revised Position Statement – Surgical Castration of Horses, Donkeys, and Mules

August 13, 2019

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association recently updated its position statement on the Surgical Castration of Horses, Donkeys, and Mules. 

The following is of note:

  • Surgical castration is an elective procedure which can pose significant welfare risk to the animal.
  • Castration is a painful procedure which requires close peri-operative monitoring and can be associated with serious post-surgical complications including blood loss, evisceration, infection and death.
  • Donkeys, mules, and mature horses carry the greatest risk of complication from surgery.
  • The CVMA strongly recommends provincial regulatory authorities regard the castration of horses, donkeys, and mules as an act of veterinary practice and regulate accordingly.
  • Castration without anesthesia and analgesia results in significant preventable animal suffering; therefore, the CVMA considers it to be animal cruelty.

Access the position statement here.  

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