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Gov bans electric shock collars for dogs

The move was praised by pet associations for promoting dog welfare

The UK government has outlined its plans to ban electric shock collars for dogs as part of its Action Plan for Animal Welfare.

The move has been widely praised by pet associations, such as the Kennel Club, for ensuring the UK is leading the way in animal welfare.

Research conducted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) revealed that electronic collars can have a detrimental effect on the welfare of dogs by causing them unnecessary harm and suffering.

In the public body’s study, some 25% of dogs trained with shock collars showed signs of stress.

Dr Ed Hayes, head of public affairs at The Kennel Club, said: “We fully support a total ban on both the use and sale of electric shock collars and are pleased that the Government have committed to this in their proactive action plan.

“These devices cause unnecessary pain and suffering for dogs and research has demonstrated that a reward-based approach is more effective than delivering painful electric shocks when training dogs. Leading veterinary bodies both in the UK and in Europe are aligned in their opposition against shock collars.”

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