Electric dog collars banned in Scotland

Scotland is following Wales’ lead in banning electric shock dog collars (Photo: Shutterstock)

Electric dog collars will be banned in Scotland after thousands of people back a campaign to end ‘barbaric’ devices.

The Scottish Government has said that causing pain to animals by “improper training methods is clearly unacceptable”.

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A petition calling for a ban on necklaces has been signed by more than 19,000 people.

The necklaces were first banned in Wales in 2010, but they are still allowed in England despite calls for a blanket ban in the UK.

Scottish Conservative Maurice Golden launched the campaign saying that “expert advice makes it clear that electrocution of dogs does not help train them”.

Necklaces are still allowed in England (Photo: Shutterstock)

Announcing the ban, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “I want there to be no doubt that painful or unpleasant dog training will not be tolerated.

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“I am particularly keen to support the work of Scottish law enforcement agencies with effective and practical measures so that anyone found causing pain to dogs through the use of collars or other devices can be prosecuted like them Deserves that.”

The government said the guidelines would be finalized in the coming months, with the ban eventually being introduced under the 2006 Animal Health and Welfare Act.

Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, previously said the devices were “barbaric”.

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She said: “Nowadays it is absurd that people are able to give their dog an electric shock for the misguided purpose of training him – it is a cruel and lazy method.”

OneKind Animal Welfare Charity Director Harry Huyton said: “Electric shock collars are cruel, unnecessary and ineffective.

“I am delighted that the Scottish Government has today taken a stand against cruelty and taken decisive action against their use.”

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