Amazon Removes Pet Electric Shock Mats

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Amazon removes pet electric shock mats
4th December 2017

By Sandra Pearce
Amazon has removed the controversial pet electric shock mats that it was selling during its Black Friday sales.
 
The pads, which had £9 knocked off their price, are used to train animals not to jump on furniture by shocking them. 
 
Each device has three voltage settings, and if a dog or cat were to jump on it, they would receive a three-second static electric shock. 
 
Amazon had described the mats as: “Pets electrostatic isolation blanket to make your pets away from the area you want to protect, such as a kitchen, sofa, dining table bedroom, baby activity area and other places, to prevent further damage.”
 
Pet charity the Blue Cross said that ‘there is no doubt that pets will experience pain, fear and stress when using this equipment,’ reports the Mirror paper.
 
Claire Stallard, Blue Cross animal behaviourist, said: “Here at Blue Cross we encourage our pet owners to use positive forms of reinforcement rather than aversive methods such as shock mats. 
 
“On the surface they may look harmless but equipment like this rarely works for unwanted behaviours, and can cause further behavioural problems and impact on the relationship we have with our pets. 
 
“There is no doubt that pets will experience pain, fear and stress when using this equipment and we believe that it is totally unnecessary and unacceptable.”