Electric shock collars for pets to be banned in England

Electric shock collars, which are already banned in Wales, are to be banned in England, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced.

The collars can be used to modify certain behaviours in animals, such as excessive barking, or straying beyond the boundaries of a property. The pet’s owner can administer a small electric shock via the collar when unwanted behaviour occurs.

Mr Gove said: “We are a nation of animal lovers and the use of punitive shock collars cause harm and suffering to our pets. This ban will improve the welfare of animals and I urge pet owners to instead use positive reward training methods.”

The announcement has been welcomed by the Dogs Trust, whose director of canine behaviour and research, Dr Rachel Casey, said: “Scientific research has demonstrated that electronic devices which deliver an aversive stimulus have a negative impact on dog welfare, so this ban will have a major positive impact for dogs in the UK.”

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