Liberal Democrats

Ban on electric shock collars should be extended across the UK

Electric shock collars are barbaric and cruel - and extensive research has proved that they are harmful and unnecessary. It's time to ban them.

By Tim Farron, Jan 24, 2018 7:01

Tim Farron in front of activists holding Lib Dem diamonds.

The Scottish government has announced that they will ban electric shock collars used in the training of dogs.

This announcement is very welcome.

Westminster needs to legislate to ban both the sale and use of these barbaric devices.

Although shock collars are marketed as harmless, they cause anxiety-related behaviours, re-directed aggression and physical pain to dogs.
 
Extensive research has proved that training a dog with a shock collar is harmful and unnecessary.
 
Westminster needs to legislate to ban both the sale and use of these barbaric devices across the whole of the UK, following the lead of the Welsh and now Scottish governments.

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