Welsh rural affairs minister Elin Jones has announced her decision to remove any exemptions from draft regulations to ban the use of electronic devices used to train animals by aversive techniques.

After years of campaigning, the Kennel Club welcomed the change to the Welsh Assembly proposals.

Caroline Kisko, communications director for the club said: “We are delighted that the Minister has taken on board our concerns by removing veterinary exemptions from the draft legislation, and commend her for her commitment to ensure any legislation brought in can be enforced effectively.”

Caroline KiskoAccording to the Kennel Club, the announcement followed extensive public consultation, in which 57 per cent of respondents favoured a complete ban on electric shock training devices. These findings are supported by a recent YouGov survey conducted on behalf of the Kennel Club in which 70 per cent of those polled disapproved of the use of electric shock collars on dogs.

The results also concluded that 60 per cent of respondents agreed the use of electric shock collars has a negative effect on the dog’s physical and psychological health and welfare.

Elin Jones has stated that the process of amending the legislation is expected to take approximately three months, meaning legislation could be introduced early next year. The Kennel Club welcomes the continued support of Assembly Members who will be instrumental in passing the final regulations.

For further information on the Kennel Club’s ongoing campaign to ban electric shock collars throughout the UK, visit www.banshockcollars.org.uk or contact the External Affairs department on 0844 463 3980 ext 301.

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