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Ban dog shock collars: Vets and animal campaigners in the UK call for outlaw in training device

STUART WINTER: ‘The pain-inflicting collars used to bring dogs to heel are blamed for causing distress in animals but can be bought on the open market… The collars train dogs out of fear and pain instead of a willingness to obey and they cause anxiety-based behaviour and re-directed aggression… There have been calls for a countrywide ban on the devices for several years, but although Scotland and Wales have now banned them they can still be obtained in England and Northern Ireland. After Scottish ministers said they intend to ensure electronic training devices will no longer be used to cause pain to animals, there were widespread calls to make the policy nationwide…

The British Veterinary Association welcomed Edinburgh’s movement, declaring it a win for animal welfare. Its president John Fishwick said: “With effective bans on the use of these devices in Wales and Scotland, we want to see action taken in England and Northern Ireland, including a UK-wide ban on their sale and import… Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, and Germany and in some territories of Australia, including New South Wales and Southern Australia, have all taken action to ban the devices’.’ SOURCE…

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