MSP WELCOMES BAN ON ELECTRIC SHOCK COLLARS

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MSP WELCOMES BAN ON ELECTRIC SHOCK COLLARS

Electric shock collars used in the training of dogs will be banned in Scotland, the Scottish Government has announced.

Leading animal welfare groups united this week to praise the decision of the Scottish Government to use its devolved powers to introduce a “prompt and effective” ban on the use of shock collars and other forms of harmful electronic training devices for dogs.

The British Veterinary Association described the Scottish Government’s announcement as “a real win for animal welfare”.

The move follows a campaign led by Ben Macpherson, the SNP MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, who was jointly calling for the Scottish Government to ban the use of the devices, and crucially for the UK Government to ban the sale of shock collars using powers retained at Westminster.

The campaign’s focus is now firmly on Westminster, with the Tory UK government under growing pressure to use its reserved powers to ban the sale and distribution of electric shock collars and end their use for good.

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey welcomed the announcement of the ban which coincided with an event held in the Scottish Parliament on the 25th January.

Commenting Ms Haughey said;

“I’m delighted that the Scottish Government is introducing a prompt and effective ban on the use of electric shock collars and other electronic training devices that can cause pain or distress to dogs.

“These devices are capable of causing real suffering, and fully banning their use in Scotland is absolutely the right thing to do.

“However, this positive action from the Scottish Government isn’t the end of the matter – the power to ban the sale of shock collars lies at Westminster and now it’s time for the UK government to step up and do the right thing.

“It’s time for the Tories to introduce a UK ban on the sale and distribution of these cruel devices, and also to follow the examples set by Scotland and Wales and ban the use of shock collars in England.”

ENDS

Notes:

Commenting Harry Huyton, Director of OneKind, said:

“Electric shock collars cause pain, are unnecessary, and have already been banned in Wales. I welcome Ben Macpherson’s efforts to get these cruel devices banned here in Scotland and across the UK, and urge anyone who cares about dog welfare to sign his petition. The vast majority of dog trainers agree that positive, reward-based techniques are the way forward, not the archaic administration of pain to force a dog to submit to the will of the owner.”

Dee McIntosh, Director of Communications and External Affairs at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, said:

“Battersea is very pleased to hear that the Scottish Government has decided to ban electric shock collars. Battersea has long called for these brutal training devices to be prohibited, as it is never acceptable to apply electric shocks to an animal. We believe positive reinforcement techniques, such as reward-based training, are far more effective at changing a dog’s behaviour without inflicting unnecessary pain. We are greatly encouraged by the Scottish Government’s decision, which will mirror the ban already in place in Wales, and urge the UK Government to follow their example.”

 

Date published: 30th January 2018

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