Make pinch collars illegal in the UK

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Pinch collars [prong] and why they can compromise dog welfare.

Pinch collars (also known as prong collars) are legal to use in the UK as training aids. (RSPCA, 2019). People who sell them describe them as “gentle training tools” however I believe the opposite and would like them banned.

What does the collar do: Pinch collars are based on the principle of applying something painful or frightening to stop an undesirable behaviour - very simply, when a dog pulls on the lead, the prongs of the collar close around the neck which can cause pain or discomfort which reduces the chance of the dog pulling on the lead again. Research has shown that aversive training techniques, like pinch collars, can cause pain and distress and can compromise dog welfare.

Damage they cause: The use of choke, pinch prong collars has been associated with whiplash, fainting, spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis, crushing of the trachea with partial or complete asphyxiation, crushing and/or fracture of the bones in the larynx, dislocated neck bones, bruising of the esophagus, bruising and damage to the skin and tissues in the neck, brain damage and prolapsed eyes caused by sharp increases in pressure in the head, and other injuries. (PETA, 2019)

What are we asking for?  I am asking our Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ban these collars because in a modern society, there is absolutely no excuse or need to use techniques which can compromise dog welfare.There are much better and humane ways to train dogs.

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References (2019). Pinch collars and why they can compromise dog welfare - RSPCA. [online] Available at: [Accessed 28 Oct. 2019].

PETA. (2019). What are the dangers of using choke and prong collars? | PETA. [online] Available at: [Accessed 28 Oct. 2019].