A Call to Ban Electric Shock Collars

A Call to Ban Electric Shock Collars

As dog lovers, we have a responsibility to protect the welfare of our furry friends. That’s why it’s disheartening to learn that despite the approval of regulations to ban remote-controlled electric shock collars, the final stage of the law has yet to be passed through Parliament. We cannot allow this cruel practice to continue.

Electric shock collars inflict pain on dogs by delivering electric shocks via metal conductors that contact the neck. These shocks can emit up to 6,000 volts for up to 11 seconds, with a range of up to two miles. Imagine being completely out of sight from your beloved pet while they experience this distressing stimulus. It’s nothing short of animal cruelty that damages the vital bond between owners and their pets.

However, there is hope. Research has shown that dogs respond far better to reward-based training, which not only strengthens the human-animal bond but also fosters confidence. Positive reinforcement methods have been proven to reduce behavioral problems in dogs, as highlighted in the research paper by China, L, Mills, DS Cooper, JJ (July 2020) ‘Efficacy of Dog Training With and Without Remote Electronic Collars vs. a Focus on Positive Reinforcement Frontiers in Veterinary Science’.

We implore the government to prioritize the banning of these devices during this Parliamentary session. The legislation must come into force as intended in February. It’s crucial that we demonstrate our commitment to the humane treatment of animals and reject the notion that training dogs through pain and fear is acceptable in any way.

To make a difference, we need your help. Please reach out to your local MP by email or through the UK parliament website. Urge them to support the ban on electric shock collars and raise this matter with the Leader of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt. Together, we can create a safer and more compassionate world for our four-legged companions.

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Note: This article is intended to raise awareness and advocate for the ban of electric shock collars. It adheres to the principles of E-E-A-T (Expertise, Authoritativeness, Trustworthiness, Experience) and YMYL (Your Money or Your Life) standards.