Cruel electric shock collars for pets to ban


Cruel electronic training collars used on dogs and cats must be banned under new legislation, the government announced today.

Remote controlled electronic training collars (electronic collars) have a remote device that triggers an electronic pulse, the strength of which can vary, while others can spray a harmful chemical. Besides being misused to inflict unnecessary pain and suffering, there is also some evidence that electronic collars can redirect aggression or generate anxious behavior in pets, which makes behavior problems worse. and underlying health.

The action follows a public consultation on a proposal to ban all electronic necklaces.

However, after carefully listening to the views of pet owners and respondents, the government will not extend the ban to invisible fence systems that can keep animals away from roads and potential traffic accidents. These devices are especially useful for cat owners, and pets often respond well to invisible fences and quickly learn to stay within a boundary without receiving a static impulse.

Secretary of State Michael Gove said:

We are a nation of animal lovers and the use of punitive shock collars causes harm and pain to our pets.

This ban will improve animal welfare and I urge pet owners to use positive reward training methods instead.

The consultation drew more than 7,000 responses. About 50% of those polled specifically said they did not want containment fencing banned.

A considerable number of responses, whether in favor of a total ban or invisible fencing, also expressed concern at the number of people using hand-held devices improperly and without proper training.

For more information, please see the government’s full response to the consultation.


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