Bill Wilson, MSP for the West of Scotland region, has tabled a
Parliamentary Motion welcoming the announcement made last week by
the Welsh Assembly Government to move forward with a ban on
electric shock collars in Wales, and is calling on the Scottish
Government to follow.
The Kennel Club and Dr Wilson are calling on the Scottish
Government to issue the responses to the first stage consultation
on this issue which closed in November 2007.
Dr Wilson said: "I have been involved with this campaign for well
over a year now, supporting another Motion in the past. I am
delighted by the developments in Wales which is why I tabled the
Motion, also hoping, obviously, to raise awareness again of the
issue in Parliament. With the range of alternative, positive
training methods available I do not believe there is any need or
justification for electric shock training devices. I will be
raising the subject with the Minister over the coming months and I
very much hope that the Scottish Government will press ahead with
the second stage of the consultation process."
Said Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary: "We are
extremely pleased that Bill has tabled this Motion and remains as
committed as we are to seeing a ban brought forward in
Scotland. The Kennel Club is urging the Scottish Government
to publish the results of the first consultation, and to move
forward with the process. Wales has now set a precedent on
this issue and we very much hope that Scotland will follow."
To let the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Environment know
your views, write to: Richard Lochhead MSP, The Scottish
Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP.