Dog collars

/ 29 March 2018

It is estimated that there are 85,000 electric shock collars being used on pets in the UK today. Although we are known as a nation of pet lovers, many UK pet owners are frequently using electric shock collars to train and discipline their pets. These collars are designed to control and train cats and dogs, costing as little as £20. Many owners however see electric shock collars as extremely cruel as they administer a short, strong shock into the animal if they misbehave.

The Kennel Club recently conducted a survey surrounding electric shock collars and found that 3 out of 4 of us would support a ban on them. The survey also revealed that 1 in 3 dogs will let out a cry of pain at the first use of a shock collar. Animal behaviourist and veterinary surgeon, Kendal Shepherd, tells Do The Right Thing that she has seen evidence of animals with burns and scars where these collars have been misused on pets. The Dogs Trust have also informed Do The Right Thing that they too are appalled that it is still legal to buy and use electric shock collars in England, revealing that they can have a serious negative impact on animals mental and physical well-being.

The use of these collars is already banned in Wales, and Scotland is soon to follow suit. The government in England is now looking at whether the use of these collars should banned here too.

If you would like to support the ban on the electric shock collars, please get in touch with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who are consulting on this issue, by 27th April 2018.

Email: animalwelfare.consultations@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Post:

Animal Welfare Team

Area 5B

Nobel House

17 Smith Square

London, SW1P 3JR