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England Plans To Ban Electric Shock Collars For Dogs Following Decade Of Campaigning

Published: May 02, 2023 at 06:47 PM Author: Penny Eims

Great news for dogs in England! In 2024, electric dog collars will be banned by the government. The new legislation will take effect in February, following a decade-long campaign to ban the cruel devices.

Electric collars work by delivering an electric shock to a dog’s neck via remote control, from up to two miles away. The shock can be incredibly painful and can last up to 11 seconds. It is no wonder that the charity The Club Kennel welcomed the ban as a “historic moment for animal welfare.”

Thanks to the new legislation, around half a million dogs will be freed from being trained by these devices, which cause both physical and psychological harm. CEO Mark Beazley commented,

“The legislation banning electric shock collars in England, which comes into force next year, is a historic moment for animal welfare and will put an end to the misery and suffering of countless dogs who are still subject to these cruel and unnecessary devices. There is simply no excuse for using these devices, which cause physical and psychological harm, especially given the vast array of positive training methods available.”

However, not everyone is happy with the ban. The National Sheep Association has warned that scrapping the training device would be “utterly irresponsible,” citing an increasing number of dog attacks on sheep. Nevertheless, animal welfare organizations are still campaigning for regulations to be introduced in Scotland, where guidelines are currently ineffective.

England joins Wales and France in banning these painful training devices.

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Wendy Forster
Wendy Forster
5 months ago

Well that’s good news for dogs, just means owners will have to work harder to train them.

5 months ago

Great news!

Carmen Verdugo
Carmen Verdugo
4 months ago