Petition to support the recommendation by the Dogs Trust to ‘introduce regulations in England under section 12 of the AWA to ban the use and sale of electronic shock devices, including boundary fence systems, and other aversive training devices such as noise and chemical spray collars, pinch collars and choke chains’, as recommended in the Government’s current ‘animal welfare: domestic pets inquiry’, and call for this issue to be debated in parliament.
Pinch collars or prong collars are not illegal in the UK. According to the RSPCA: “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.”
Written evidence from the Dogs Trust in regard to its recommendation to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee in the inquiry can be seen here: http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-subcommittee/animal-welfare-domestic-pets/written/33397.html
For more information about the inquiry, click here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-committee/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-sub-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/animal-welfare-domestic-15-16/
For the RSPCA’s stance, click here: https://blogs.rspca.org.uk/insights/2014/04/01/pinch-collars-and-why-they-can-compromise-dog-welfare/#.V3EQxtIrLcs