A shocking way to treat a dog

AAngela_Rayner_dog_collars.jpgngela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, joined forces with the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, the Kennel Club to call for a ban on the use and sale of electric shock collars.

Angela wants to raise awareness of the negative effects of electric shock collars on dog welfare.

Electric shock collars are fitted around a dog’s neck and deliver an electric shock via a remote control or automatic trigger.

They train dogs out of fear of further punishment by administering shocks to the dog when they do not perform what is asked of them.

Research published by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) concluded that the use of electric shock collars as a training method has a long term negative welfare impact on dogs.

An independent survey commissioned by the Kennel Club earlier this year found that 73 per cent of the British public are against the use of electric shock collars and 74 per cent would support the Government in introducing a ban on their use.

Angela Rayner MP, said: “I am appalled that these collars are being used to 'train' dogs. That's why I am supporting the Kennel Club’s campaign for a ban on the use and sale of electric shock collars.

"Electric shock collars are detrimental to dog welfare and unpopular amongst the general public - they really are barbaric.

"I strongly believe that the time is right for the Government to show their commitment to the welfare of dogs and ban these cruel and unnecessary devices.”

The Kennel Club strongly believe that every dog should be trained using humane, reward-based methods. These are proven to be highly successful in modifying behaviour including aggression, without subjecting dogs to cruelty.

To find out more about the campaign to ban electric shock collars, visit: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/kennel-club-campaigns/electric-shock-collar/

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