WALES: Talks on electric shock dog collar ban.
The Welsh Assembly Government is consulting on whether to ban the sale and use of the collars, used as training aids but which could contravene animal welfare laws.
A number of different electronic training aids are on sale and are mainly used on dogs.
Some collars are designed to give the animal an electric shock either by remote control or automatically, in response to a particular behaviour, such as barking or pulling on a lead.
Rural affairs minister Elin Jones supports a ban, which could be introduced using the Animal Welfare Act powers, new to the National Assembly for Wales.
But the minister wanted to hear and consider both sides of the argument before taking any action.
Ms Jones said yesterday: "There are strong views for and against the use of electronic training aids, which a number of animal welfare organisations believe are cruel and unnecessary.
"We take animal welfare very seriously in Wales, and I do have concerns about the use of such training aids, particularly electric shock collars."
The consultation ends on February 1, 2008.