The Rspca Has Welcomed A Move By The Government To Ban The Use Of Electronic Collars



The RSPCA has welcomed a move by the Government to ban the use of electronic collars.
13th March 2018

By Karen Pickwick
Defra announced proposals to ban the use of the devices on Sunday morning (March 11) .
RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines said: “We’re delighted that the Government has listened to the concerns raised by us and other animal welfare organisations and has launched a consultation to ban the use of electric shock collars in England.
“These cruel collars have been illegal in Wales since 2010 and the RSPCA has long been calling for them to be outlawed in England too.
“Electric shock collars used to train and control cats and dogs are not only unacceptable as they can cause pain and fear, they are also unnecessary for long term behavioural change.
“A survey carried out for the RSPCA’s #DogKind report found that, while 88% of dog owners agreed that training shouldn’t frighten, worry or hurt dogs, a worrying 5% said they used electric shock collars.
“We hope that this move will consign electric shock collars to the history books as they have no place in modern day pet ownership.”
The British Veterinary Association has also welcomed the Defra consultation.
And British Veterinary Association president John Fishwick said: “We welcome the Government’s launch of a consultation on banning the use of shock collars in England and would like to see it result in an effective ban soon.
“Electronic training devices such as shock collars have been proven to cause pain and unnecessary suffering, and we know from leading veterinary behaviourists that using fear as a training tool is less effective than positive training methods, such as encouragement or rewards, and can take a toll on an animal’s overall welfare.
“We were in Westminster last week along with several animal welfare charities to highlight the issue and call upon Members of Parliament to back a ban on the use of shock collars. We were pleased to see several MPs pledge their support.”
A consultation into the collars has now been opened by Defra and will close on April 20.