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Ban on electric shock collars should be extended across the UK

January 24, 2018 8:00 PM
By Tim Farron MP
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Tim Farron in front of activists holding Lib Dem diamonds.

Electric shock collars are barbaric and cruel - and extensive research has proved that they are harmful and unnecessary. It's time to ban them.

The Scottish government has announced that they will ban electric shock collars used in the training of dogs.

This announcement is very welcome.

Although shock collars are marketed as harmless, they cause anxiety-related behaviours, re-directed aggression and physical pain to dogs.

Extensive research has proved that training a dog with a shock collar is harmful and unnecessary.

Westminster needs to legislate to ban both the sale and use of these barbaric devices across the whole of the UK, following the lead of the Welsh and now Scottish governments.