More than nine in ten people believe the UK Government should urgently ban the use of shock collars in England, according to a new poll from the RSPCA.
Ninety-three per cent of people believe the UK Government should ban the use of shock collars on cats and dogs – 72% of whom completely agree, and 21% somewhat agree.
The poll’s publication follows fears that ministers could be set to U-turn on a promise to outlaw the use of the devices on cats and dogs in England.
Esme Wheeler, dog welfare expert, said: “This groundbreaking poll highlights that the public do not want to see dangerous shock collars being used in England.
“And with good reason – these devices can cause pain and fear to our pets; and are completely unnecessary as long-term behavioural change can instead be achieved using positive reward-based training.”