Ban shock collars & other electronic training aids that cause pain/distress to dogs in UK

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Ban shock collars and other electronic “training aids” that cause pain or distress to dogs across the United Kingdom

Dogs should not suffer pain during training. This is ineffective and cruel. There is legitimate and growing public concern about the use of electronic shock collars and other forms of electronic “training aids” that can cause pain or distress.

The UK Westminster Government has failed to use its powers to ban the sale or supply of these harmful devices. This must change.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Government has already committed to using its devolved powers to ban primitive shock collars and introduce strict controls on the use of other electronic “training aids”. And the Welsh Government has implemented a ban too.

Supporters of this petition believe this represents an important opportunity to introduce an outright ban on electronic training devices that cause pain or distress to dogs in the UK, while recognising that some specific devices, such as collars which only vibrate and do not cause pain or distress if used responsibly, offer potential benefits in certain circumstances such as when dealing with dogs suffering from hearing loss or communicating with dogs over a distance.

Therefore this petition calls for:

  1. The UK Westminster Government to ban the distribution or sale of any electronic training device for dogs that is capable of causing pain or distress, and ensure it is an offence to cause pain or distress to dogs through the use of such devices in England; and
  2. The Scottish Government to use its devolved powers to ensure it is an offence to cause pain or distress to dogs through the use of such devices in Scotland.


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