Dog shock collars still legal in England despite government promise to ban

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Shock collars, which deliver a volt of electricity to a dog’s neck as a training tool, have always been controversial.

They have been illegal in Wales since 2010, but they are still legal in England and Scotland, despite campaigns by several animal welfare charities and the government promising a ban in 2018.

A ban on shock collars was proposed under the legislation in August 2018, with Michael Gove saying the collars cause “harm and suffering” to pets.

“We are a nation of animal lovers, and the use of punitive shock collars causes harm and suffering to our pets,” he said.

“The ban will improve animal welfare, and I urge pet owners to use positive reward training methods instead.”



Shock collars have been illegal in Wales since 2010, but they are still legal in England and Scotland, despite campaigns by several animal welfare charities and the government promising a ban in 2018.

However, despite the government saying shock collars are to ‘be banned’ for pets, they are still legal in England and Scotland as challenges from the Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association (ECMA) have delayed the legislative action on prohibition.

This ECMA legal challenge has since been dismissed by the Court of Appeal, and the Kennel Club is now calling for ‘swift action’ to implement the ban on shock collars, meaning their use could be returned. illegal for years to come.

In February 2020, the charity Dogs Trust said: ‘We are delighted that the government listened to concerns and in 2018 announced a ban on the use of handheld remote controlled devices in England as secondary legislation under animal protection law.

In February 2020, the charity Dogs Trust said: ‘We are delighted that the government listened to concerns and in 2018 announced a ban on the use of handheld remote controlled devices in England as secondary legislation under animal protection law.

“However, there has been a disappointing delay in introducing this legislation and we urge the government to do so as soon as possible.

“It is both unnecessary and cruel to use these collars on dogs and we totally oppose them – they not only cause discomfort but can have a serious negative impact on their mental and physical well-being.

“A dog cannot understand why they are shocked and this can cause them immense distress, with many dogs showing signs of anxiety and worsening behavior as a result.”

So, are shock collars legal in England and Scotland?

Technically yes, for now, but with the RSPCA saying the devices cause ‘pain and distress’, and Dogs Trust saying rewards such as food are an ‘effective’ training method, it’s best not to use. of shock collars for any animal.

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