Bring dog shock collars back to Wales, says Welsh Tory MP

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MP David Jones. Photo by Richard Townshend (CC BY 3.0).

A Welsh Tory MP has called for the return of dog shock collars to Wales.

Electronic collars used to train dogs have been banned in Wales since 2010, and a similar law has been proposed by senior ministers in England.

But David Jones, a former Welsh secretary, said new data made it clear that “the ban has failed and, paradoxically, is leading to many animal deaths”.

The MP for Clwyd West said “there is a significant concern for sheep in Wales. Sheep are ransacked by dogs and dogs are slaughtered by farmers.

His comments come as the NFU released data showing that Welsh farmers suffered £306,068 in losses from dog attacks last year, compared to £68,408 in Scotland.

The Welsh government responded that electronic collars “cause pain” and that it had “no intention of reviewing this decision”.

In 2018, current Leveling Up Minister Michael Gove introduced legislation proposing to ban training collars, in which dogs are given an electric shock, saying they cause “harm and suffering”.

The Welsh Government today urged owners to keep their dogs under control around sheep and other livestock as the end of the lambing season nears and with young lambs now in the fields.

Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths said: ‘Dog attacks on sheep and other farm animals are an issue we take very seriously and very sadly we continue to see cases where animals are seriously injured or killed.

“The majority of owners do what it takes to control their dogs, but there are others who don’t.

“The costs – financial and emotional – to those who own or find dead and injured animals are totally unacceptable, as are the implications for animal welfare.”

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