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Cruel training collars that zap dogs with electric shocks set to be banned under new animal welfare laws; Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is planning to stamp out the devices under tough new rules announced today.

Byline: Nicola Bartlett

Cruel training collars that zap cats and dogs with electric shocks could be banned under new government proposals.

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is planning to stamp out the devices under tough new rules announced today.

The electronic training collars are devices which allow electric shocks to be applied to pets, specifically cats anddogs.

Some devices also squirt noxious sprays which, in the case of dogs, upset their acute sense of smell.

Mr Gove said: "We are a nation of animal lovers, and the use of these punitive devices can cause harm and suffering, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to our pets.

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"Organisations and MPs have campaigned against the use of shock collars passionately and we are listening to their concerns.

"We are now proposing to ban the use of electric shock collars to improve the welfare of animals."

The consultation, run by Defra will close on April 20.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines said: "We're delighted that the Government has listened to the concerns raised by us and other animal welfare organisations and has launched this consultation to ban the use of electric shock collars in England.

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"These cruel devices are used to train and control cats and dogs using pain and fear. Not only is this unacceptable but they are also unnecessary to achieve long-term behavioural change.

"Electric shock collars have been illegal in Wales since 2010 and we hope they will soon be consigned to the history books in England too. They have no place in modern day pet ownership."

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Polling for the Dogs Trust found almost a third of people (31%) wrongly thought the collars were already banned

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Michael Gove has launched a consultation on the issue

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Dogs Trust say the collars cause pain and distress to dogs

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Date:Mar 11, 2018
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