The Home Calls for Ban on Shock Collars at Westminster
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home joined forces with the Kennel Club, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the British Veterinary Association, Dogs Trust, and the Scottish Kennel Club in Parliament yesterday at an event calling for a ban on the use and sale of electric shock collars. The event for MPs, which was sponsored by Matthew Offord MP, Deidre Brock MP, Tim Farron MP, Angela Smith MP and Ross Thomson MP gave MPs an opportunity to have a letter sent to Secretary of State Michael Gove calling for a consultation on the terms of a ban on these devices, including on their sale as well as use, and saw a number of MPs in attendance try out the painful device on themselves.
Electric shock collars are fitted around a dog’s neck and deliver an electric shock via a remote control or automatic trigger. They train dogs out of fear of further punishment by administering shocks to the dog when they do not perform what is asked of them.
The devices have been banned in Wales since 2010 and the Scotland government recently announced plans to follow suit. In addition bans are in place in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, and Germany and in some territories of Australia, including New South Wales and Southern Australia.
Research published by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) concluded that the use of electric shock collars as a training method has a long term negative welfare impact on dogs. Furthermore, an independent survey commissioned by the Kennel Club found that 74 per cent would support the Government in introducing a ban on their use.
If you would like to help support this important campaign, please sign the petition at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/211524
Update 12/03/2018 - The British Government yesterday announced proposals for a ban on shock collars in England and Defra have issued a consultation on the proposals. Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home will continue to push for a UK-wide ban on these devices.