Cruel collars that give pets a shock are to be banned

“CRUEL” electric dog and cat collars are to be banned, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced yesterday. The collars are designed for training and can deliver a shock of up to 6,000 volts.

hey can also be used to spray a noxious chemical if the pet does not follow instructions.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says such methods can make behaviour worse by causing anxiety. Yesterday, RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines said: “We’re delighted that the Government has listened to the concerns raised by us and other animal welfare organisations about the use of electric shock collars in England.

“These cruel collars have been illegal in Wales since 2010 and the RSPCA has long been calling for them to be outlawed in England.

“Electric shock collars used to train and control cats and dogs are not only unacceptable as they can cause pain and fear, they are also unnecessary for long-term behavioural change.

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