The campaign to ban electric shock collars has continued and led
to a debate and photo call session in the Scottish Parliament at
the beginning of this year. More recently, the 24th March marked
the 5 year anniversary of the ban that already exists in Wales and
which we marked with a joint press release with other welfare
organisations on the need for the ban to continue in the face of
calls for a review of the legislation. In England, we have
publicised research produced by the University of Lincoln that
concludes stronger than previously that shock collars compromise
the welfare of dogs.
Following our presentation on the need for a ban on the sale and
use of electric shock training devices in Scotland towards the end
of last year, Convener of the Cross Party Animal Welfare Group,
Christine Graeme MSP, put down for a debate on the matter in the
Scottish Parliament and invited us to brief MSPs and run a
photocall afterwards. Throughout the debate, references were made
to the Kennel Club by a number of MSPs and following the debate
around 15 MSPs took part in the photocall session where they tried
out a shock collar on themselves.
In Wales, there is currently a campaign for the need for a
review on the ban of electric shock training devices. We have led
the way in working with other animal welfare charities to support
the current regulations in Wales banning the sale and use of
electric shock training devices. If you live in Wales and support
the current ban then write to your local Assembly Member as soon as
possible. Contact KC Dog for a standard letter at email@example.com.
In England we have written to Defra regarding recent research
undertaken by the University of Lincoln which concludes more
strongly than previously that shock collars compromise the welfare
of dogs. In addition to this, a member of the public has tabled a
petition on the need for electric shock training devices to be
banned in England.
The petition can be found here and we would very much
encourage KC Dog members to sign.