Animal Welfare (Electronic Collars) (Wales) Regulations 2010 -
Laura Vallance and Alun Cairns AMDogs across Wales, together
with the Kennel Club, dog trainers and welfare organisations, are
celebrating today after the National Assembly for Wales voted in
favour of regulations which will ban the use of electric shock
training devices. The ban is the first of its kind in the UK, and
is the first secondary regulation that will be introduced in Wales
under the Animal Welfare Act which differs from the one in place at
After four years of campaigning, the Kennel Club was in Cardiff to
witness the motion to approve a ban on the use of electric shock
collars in Wales. This follows Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones'
announcement in February in which she stated a ban would 'go a long
way to promote the welfare of dogs and cats in Wales'
Before the final vote, various Assembly Members including Jocelyn
Davies, Nick Bourne, Lesley Griffiths, Chris Franks, Janet Ryder,
Andrew R T Davies, Alun Cairns, Mark Isherwood and Mick Bates were
encouraged to vote for a ban by witnessing a demonstration from
local trainers of the Kennel Club's Good Citizen Dog Scheme, to
prove further that dogs can be successfully trained without the
need for electric shock training devices and aversive training
techniques.Cardiff Good Citizen Dog Scheme Training Club
Kennel Club Communications Director, Caroline Kisko said: "This is
a historic day for animal welfare in Wales and we are absolutely
delighted that so many AMs voted in favour of the
"The Kennel Club began campaigning for a ban in Wales over four
years ago, and we are truly indebted to AMs from all parties who
have been instrumental in helping us reach this point.
"Today, Wales has proven that it is truly leading the way and we
hope that the rest of the UK will follow by example to outlaw these
cruel and unnecessary devices."
The Animal Welfare (Electronic Collars) (Wales) Regulations 2010
will come into force at 00.01 on Wednesday 24th March.
For further information on the Kennel Club campaign to ban
electric shock collars, contact the External Affairs department on
0844 463 3980 ext 301.