Ban On Electric Shock Collars

Updated: Aug 30, 2018

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed environment secretary Michael Gove’s announcement

Banning the use of “cruel” electric shock collars in Dogs and Cats in England, following a public consultation earlier this year.

BVA has worked alongside campaigners to ban these aversive training methods across the UK for several years and welcomed effective bans on the devices in Wales in 2010 and in Scotland in January this year.

BVA president John Fishwick said: “We’re delighted by the government’s decision to impose a ban on the use of electric Shock Collars in dogs and cats after a long and sustained campaign by BVA and other organisations.

“Electronic training devices such as electric collars have been proven to cause pain and unnecessary suffering, and we know from leading veterinary behaviourists that using fear as a training tool negatively impacts an animal’s overall welfare and is far less effective than positive training methods, such as encouragement and rewards.”

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