Electric Shock Collars – campaign update from Scotland

The last newsletter highlighted a debate held in the Scottish Parliament in January on the use of shock collars. Since then the Scottish Parliament's Public Petition Committee has heard a petition calling for a ban on the use of shock and vibration collars. Additionally the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust have held discussions with the Scottish Government about a potential ban on the use and sale of shock collars. This has resulted in the Scottish Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead announcing that the Scottish Government will be consulting on possible restrictions to their usage, or an outright ban.

The evidence is clear that shock collars negatively impact upon a dogs welfare, even the manufacturers of these devices have started to acknowledge the impact these devices can have on dogs.

The Kennel Club has been working towards a ban on shock collars for a number of years and while we are delighted that the Scottish Government will be consulting on the usage of shock collars, we know that there is a long way to go yet. We need the support of the dog loving public to bring an end to the use of these collars in Scotland. We would strongly encourage all KC Dog members in Scotland to respond to this consultation once live.

We will post updates once the consultation goes live on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Kclovesdogs and Twitter @KCLovesDogs #KCcampaigns

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