Collars that emit electric shocks to train pets will be banned from sale in England.
The collars, which send volts into a dog’s neck to train them out of certain behaviours, will no longer be available to use in the country. Dogs Trust, who have been pushing for the ban, said that a third of the people they surveyed believed that the collars were already banned.
Environment secretary Michael Gove has welcomed the ban. He said: “The use of punitive shock collars causes harm and suffering to our pets. This ban will improve the welfare of animals and I urge pet owners to instead use positive-reward training methods.” Some experts believe the practice can worsen underlying behavioural problems.
"Good it’s torture."
Jayne Burrows Webster
"Thank goodness, why on earth were they be allowed in the first place?"
"It’s great news. Well done Michael Gove. Now stop foxes being ripped to pieces."
"Good. Because if we put shock collars on “badly behaved children”, they’d have been banned a long time ago. And I feel bad for any dog who has suffered this brutal torture."
"About time, too. Cruel and barbaric, and absolutely no need for them."
"And so they should be. The owners should put one on and see how they like it. It’s just so cruel."
"You will not find a single registered behaviourist that uses anything other than positive reinforcement because anything else confuses the dog and damages the relationship with the owner, leading to long term anxiety and even learned helplessness."
"About time they banned them."
"About time. Would not dream of using this on any of my dogs."
"Really are they really a thing? Surely not."
"You should not be allowed a dog if you seriously think shock collars are an acceptable ‘training tool’. More like torture tool."
"What idiot thought of making these in the first place?"
"Thank goodness for that. Cruel and unnecessary."
"So let’s see how many more dogs end up in shelters needing re-homing again because positive reward training does absolutely nothing to help some dogs."
"Any dog owner who support shock collars needs to do some serious research on canine behaviour and training. They do not work and to suggest otherwise is clueless."