A Tory MP is preparing to call on Parliament to ban the use of electric shock collars for training dogs.

Matthew Offord, Conservative MP for Hendon, will present a 10-minute rule bill to the House of Commons on January 22, 2014, calling for a ban on the sale and use of the collars.

Although the collars are banned in Wales, research from the University of Lincoln has said more than 300,000 of the devices are regularly in use in the UK.

Mr Offord said: “The reason I am raising this issue is because Defra is continuing to ignore its own research. 

“In 2013, Defra published two studies, which showed that electric shock collars can cause some dogs negative welfare issues even when trained by a professional using ‘relatively benign training programmes’, so, therefore, many would deem them unsafe. Very few people who buy these devices would have the skill set of an experienced training and behaviour advisor, so there would surely be a heightened chance of long-term negative impacts.”

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