Overwhelming public support for ban on these cruel dog
devices in England and Scotland finds Kennel Club
The Kennel Club has commissioned an independent survey into the
public's opinion of electric shock collars in England and Scotland,
which found that:
- 73% of the public disapprove of the use of electric shock
collars on dogs
- 81% agree that positive reinforcement training methods can
address behavioural issues in dogs without the need for negative
- 74% of the public would support the government to introduce a
ban on electric shock collars
The Kennel Club is urging both Westminster and the Scottish
government to take action following a Kennel Club funded survey
which found that the majority of the general public are against the
use of electric shock collars and would support the government in
introducing a ban on these devices.
The Kennel Club is against the use of negative training methods
or devices and believes that they are both irresponsible and
ineffective. There a large number of positive training tools and
methods that can produce well trained dogs with absolutely no fear,
pain or potential damage to the relationship between dog and
handler. Furthermore, some of the most highly trained dogs in the
world, including police dogs, armed forces dogs and assistance dogs
are trained without the use of electric shock collars.
The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
published two research studies last year which demonstrated
negative behavioural and physiological changes in dogs which were
trained with electric shock collars. The research also showed that
even when electric shock collars were used on dogs by professional
trainers following an industry standard, there were still long term
negative welfare effects. Despite this, England and Scotland
have yet to follow in Wales' footsteps in banning electric shock
collars, and the Kennel Club hopes that the findings of its new
research will let the government know that the public would be
behind them on a ban.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "The results are
absolutely clear. A large majority of the public are against the
use of electric shock collars and would support both Westminster
and the Scottish government in banning these cruel devices.
"The Scottish government supports Westminster with their current
proposal and response to its own funded research, which is to work
on creating guidance with the electric shock collar manufacturers
regarding how to best use these tools without compromising the
dog's welfare. This does not reflect what the public wants and the
Kennel Club and other major welfare organisations and
Parliamentarians believe this would fail in protecting dog welfare,
as the Defra research itself has shown.
"It is time for the rest of the UK to follow in Wales' lead and
stop delaying what the evidence has highlighted is needed, and what
the public has clearly said they want - a ban on the use of
electric shock collars. Now really is the perfect time."
Electric shock collars are already outlawed in a number of
countries worldwide, including Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria,
Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, and in most states in
The survey follows the introduction of Matthew Offord MP's Ten
Minute Rule Bill in Westminster last month calling for a ban on the
sale and use of electric shock collars, which will have its Second
Reading in the House of Commons on Friday February 28th.
More information on the Kennel Club's campaign to ban electric
shock collars can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/banshockcollars.
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