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Shock collars headed for ban in Wales

A proposal to limit the use of electric shock collars for dog training is being rewritten and the new version will totally ban use of the devices in Wales.

Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones said more than half the responses received during a period of public comment favored a total ban, according to the BBC.

Jones called for the ban on electric shock collars, mats and leads because of concerns that pets were suffering. Manufacturers have said they were “puzzled and disappointed” by the decision.

In a statement, Jones said those commenting on the proposal included dog trainers, vets, manufacturers of the devices and members of the public.

It’s expected to take about three months for the ban to take effect.


Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time October 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I have never understood these collars that are promoted to train “manners” or to control barking or to create fence-less boundaries. Yes, several years ago, I strapped one to my own neck and walked thru one of those commercially prominent fence-less boundaries. I am not a wuss and can usually withstand a lot of pain — but I truly felt as though someone had shot me straight thru the neck with a burning arrow. I would never want to subject any animal to such a shock even once! I challenge every animal owner to FIRST try out their mechanism on themselves, or on their children, or on their mother, and then decide whether it is appropriate for their pets.

Comment from Lilly
Time October 24, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Let us keep on protecting our animals safety specially the dogs, they have a great contribution to our lives. Happy that this kind of collar is banned.

Comment from James
Time January 6, 2010 at 8:29 am

Give the welsh gov some power and this is the daft changes they make. Making changes to daft laws without fully consideration of its impact.
Under controlled use these collars are a god send, it can prevent the death in some cases through this sort of training.

They havnt really though about the full implications on those who use, sell, manufacure these on a daily basis.

Not Impressed!

Comment from Gary
Time November 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Glad to see these collars being seen in their true light.

What ever happened to the spray bottle as a source of discipline instead of voltage?