The California Assembly voted Thursday to approve a ban on tail-docking. The bill has already passed in the State Senate, so the only remaining hurdle is to get Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign it.

But Schwarzenegger was peeved in early July when the legislature was spending part of its time debating “cow tails” rather than tackling the state’s budget crisis. Click here to see a video clip of the governor expressing his concern.

And click here to read an article from the Los Angeles Times on Thursday's action by the California Assembly.

Source: The Los Angeles Times

Results from a survey conducted this past February on tail docking practices in California indicate tail docking is an uncommon and diminishing practice. Fourteen of the 171 dairies surveyed currently dock tails and six dairies previously docked tails but abandoned the practice within the last year. The majority of dairies do not dock tails and the majority of the cows live on dairy operations that do not practice tail docking. – Megan Pierce, associate editor