Electric shock collars for pets will be banned in England

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The English government has just announced that it will ban the use of electric shock collars on cats and dogs.

Shock collars can deliver up to 6,000 volts of electricity, sometimes for 11 seconds. Other collars can release harmful smelling chemicals to deter pets from certain behaviors. Both of these devices have been shown to cause – and worsen – behavioral problems and anxiety in pets.

Animal rights organizations that campaigned for the ban instead encourage the use of positive reward training techniques.

According to a 2014 survey, 74% of people in England support the ban, while a third of recipients thought there was already a ban in place. Scotland and Wales have both banned electric shock collars.

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Dr Rachel Casey, director of canine behavior and research at animal welfare organization Dogs Trust, applauded the ban.

“Scientific research has demonstrated that electronic devices that deliver an aversive stimulus have a negative impact on dog welfare, so this ban will have a major positive impact for dogs in the UK,” Casey said, according to the BBC.

Containment fences, which use shock methods to prevent animals from leaving a certain area, are still legal based on evidence that they would prevent up to 300,000 people from being injured in road accidents and Traffic.

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