The Welsh Assembly has issued draft regulations which would restrict the use of electric shock training devices, including collars, mats and leads, in Wales.
The move comes after years of lobbying by the Kennel Club, which has long been campaigning for a complete ban on the sale and use of electric shock training devices across the UK.
The Welsh Assembly Government is to hold a short consultation on banning the use of electronic devices used to train animals by aversive techniques in Wales. This follows the Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones’ announcement in June 2008 of her intention to ban the use of electric shock training devices.
Assembly Member, Trish Law, has shown her support for the issue by tabling a Statement of Opinion encouraging Assembly Members to respond to the consultation, while the Kennel Club is urging all supporters of the campaign to contact their local Assembly Member to request that they sign the Statement of Opinion and respond to the consultation.
Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “There is strong political support for a ban from across the parties in Wales and we very much welcome the Ministers decision to issue a second consultation. However, we have not won the fight just yet and it is vital that dog owners and all those concerned with animal welfare throughout Wales respond to this consultation and contact their Assembly Member to ensure effective legislation is drafted.
“Pain and fear are not humane methods by which to train a dog. There are many effective positive training methods which train dogs quickly, easily and reliably, with absolutely no fear, pain, or damage to the relationship between the owner and the dog. With these methods available there is no justification for electric shock training devices.”
For further information on the consultation, click here .
The Kennel Club has also produced a template letter, available by request, which can be found on its website under the press office/campaigns section.
For further information, please contact the External Affairs department on 0870 606 6750 ext 301 or visit www.banshockcollars.org.uk .