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April 2, 1892

THE CRUELTY OF FASHION IN " DOCKING."

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(14):432. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411180024005

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Abstract

No true lover of the faithful horse encourages the "bocking" of that animal's tail. No genuine admirer of the graces of the horse will find that his beauty is enhanced. Long tails were the fashion a generation ago, and the longer and more flowing the appendage was, the greater was the admiration for it; but an Anglo-mania has reversed the style. This country has received some good specimens of horseflesh from England, but that is no reason why the adoption of "docking" should be imported also. It should be remembered that the climate and insect life of England differ from our own. The superabundance of flies and mosquitoes here makes the mutilation a positive barbarity, and the farther south we go, the more cruel appears the practice. The Lancet, some years ago, led a crusade against the " bearing-rein," which was joined in by many medical journals and hundreds of physicians,

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