Campaigners from The Kennel Club, Dogs Trust, RSPCA, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the British Veterinary Association and Blue Cross this week attended a Westminster event to call for an England-wide ban on electric shock collars on dogs.
A ban on the training devices, which deliver an electric shock to a dog’s neck, was agreed by ministers in 2018 but has yet to come into effect.
The campaigners point to studies showing that the devices can have a serious impact on the welfare of dogs, including behavioural and physiological signs of distress.
The event was sponsored by Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon, who has long been a campaigner on animal welfare. He said: “For several years we have been calling on the government to carry out their commitment and bring forward plans to ban electric shock collars, and I hope that this event shows the breadth of support we have in carrying out this mission.
“Wide-ranging evidence proves that not only do they harm our four-legged friends, but shock collars fundamentally also do not fix the root cause of ‘undesirable’ behaviour and can often cause more harm than good.”
Black Country MP John Spellar has also backed the campaign, urging the government to ban the use of “cruel” electric shock collars on dogs “without further delays”.
Opponents of the ban include the National Sheep Association which has warned that in Wales, where a ban is already in place, there has been an increase in both attacks on sheep and the number of dogs shot by farmers.