A canine welfare organisation has backed Baroness Susan Miller after she secured a House of Lords debate on electric shock collars.
The Kennel Club supported Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer after she questioned the Government’s proposal to introduce guidance on electric shock collar use, as opposed to an outright ban.
The debate follows Matthew Offord‘s Ten Minute Rule Bill presented in the House of Commons earlier this year, which calls for a ban on the sale and use of electric shock collars and will have a second reading in June.
Defra funded two pieces of research on electric shock collars – the findings, which were published last summer, showed how electric shock collars can cause long-term negative behavioural and physiological changes in dogs, even when used by professional trainers.
Baroness Miller said: “I chose to raise this issue in the House of Lords to put pressure on the Government to take further action on electric shock collars.
“With the publication of Defra’s research, the welfare organisations’ opposition to their use and the increased public support for a ban, there is a need for the Government to reassess its current proposal.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: “Stronger action must be taken by the Government to better protect the welfare of all dogs in the UK.
“We are wholeheartedly against the use of electric shock collars and believe a ban is the only real option to help ensure pets are trained without the risk of stress and pain. We will therefore continue campaigning with the public’s support to achieve a ban on these irresponsible and detrimental devices.”
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