The RSPCA has expressed concern over an increase in the import of claw dog collars, with the Australian Border Force today announcing a seven-fold increase in the number of such cruel devices detected at the border.
Metal collars (pictured) consist of several protruding tips and are designed to apply intense pressure and pinch a dog’s neck as a form of punishment-based training. Collars are illegal to import into Australia but not illegal to use on dogs (except Victoria).
RSPCA Australia’s senior scientist Dr Di Evans said the claw collars were harmful to dogs, but sadly, despite being illegal to import, they still got to the border.
“It is disturbing that these inhuman necklaces are still being imported for use in the Australian community,” Dr Evans said. “The RSPCA opposes the use of tooth collars because of the direct pain and suffering they cause to dogs and the long term impact of using punishment as a training method.
“We urge all members of the community not to buy or use them. Community pressure has been effective in reducing the online sale of these necklaces, but unfortunately these statistics show that they are still around.
“There are many risks associated with this type of punishment-based training, including aggression, fear, anxiety, reduced learning, and the erosion of the animal-human bond. Claw collars can also cause physical damage to a dog’s trachea and nerves, bruising soft tissue, and in some cases even puncturing the skin.
“There are much more humane and effective training methods for dogs, which is why we support reward-based training – where dogs are configured to be successful and then rewarded for their ‘good’ behavior.
“In addition to the import ban, we have been a strong advocate for many years for other states and territories to follow Victoria’s lead by banning the use of claw collars for animal welfare.