Kennel Club Condemns Shock Collar Manufacturers

 

After a milestone victory for dogs in Wales, the Kennel Club is disappointed to learn of the intention of the Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association to seek a Judicial Review on the Welsh Assembly Government's decision to ban shock collars, which came into force last week.

The National Assembly for Wales unanimously voted in favour of the regulations making the ban the first of its kind in the UK, and the first piece of secondary regulation to be introduced in Wales under the Animal Welfare Act.

Kennel Club Communications Director, Caroline Kisko said: "The Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association is clutching at straws by challenging the Welsh Assembly Government's decision. Research has proven beyond any reasonable doubt that aversive training techniques such as shock collars cause pain and fear for dogs.

"The Kennel Club is contacted frequently by people with negative experiences with these devices and so there is no doubt in our minds that they must be banned. We have campaigned to ban the use of shock collars for four years in Wales and are delighted with the Assembly's decision.

"We will be continuing to fight for a ban on shock collars throughout the rest of the UK to ensure these cruel and unnecessary devices are outlawed."

The Animal Welfare (Electronic Collars) (Wales) Regulations 2010 came 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 01296 318540

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