Craig Mackinlay MP has welcomed the Government’s decision to ban electronic training collars for dogs and cats in England, building on the Conservatives’ commitment for stronger protections for animal welfare.
The training devices deliver up to 6,000 volts of electricity or spray noxious chemicals and have previously been used by some people to try and correct animals' behaviour.
The South Thanet MP and animal welfare campaigner has long supported the work of the Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club who have shown that, as well as being misused to inflict unnecessary harm and suffering, there is evidence e-collars can re-direct aggression or generate anxiety-based behaviour in pets - making underlying behavioural and health problems worse.
Craig Mackinlay MP, said:
“As an enthusiastic supporter of the Dogs Trust’s campaign to ban these outdated and cruel training methods, I’m delighted that the use of electronic shock collars will now be banned.
“There’s no need for e-collars to be used on our pet dogs and cats when there are so many positive training methods available.
“This is a hugely important issue for dog and cat welfare and I’m so pleased that our campaign has made a difference.”
While the Government has agreed to amend legislation to ban the use of electric collars, they will not be extending the ban to invisible fencing systems. A consultation attracted over 7,000 responses from pet owners and others. Of those, around 50 per cent of respondents specifically pointed out that they did not want containment fences banned.