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Animal Welfare (Electronic Collars) (Wales) Regulations 2010 - APPROVED

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 Westminster.

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 regulations.

"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.