Grahame Morris MP

Member of Parliament for Easington

It Is Time To Ban Shock Collars

March 6, 2018 Press Releases 0

Grahame Morris MP for Easington has joined forces with the Kennel Club, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the British Veterinary Association, Dogs Trust, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and the Scottish Kennel Club in Parliament today for an event calling for a ban on the use and sale of electric shock collars.

The event gave MPs an opportunity to call upon the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove to open a consultation on how to ban the sale of these cruel and unnecessary devices.

Electric shock collars are fitted around a dog’s neck and deliver an electric shock via a remote control or automatic trigger. They train dogs through fear of further punishment by administering shocks to the dog when they do not perform and cause significant suffering.

The use of such devices has been banned by the devolved administration in Wales since 2010 and the Scottish Government recently announced plans to follow suit. In addition, bans are in place across Europe and much of Australia.

Research published by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) concluded that the use of electric shock collars as a training method has long-term negative welfare impacts on dogs. Further, an independent survey found that 74% of the public would support the Government introducing a ban on shock collars.

Speaking at the event Grahame Morris MP, said:

“I was pleased to attend today’s event and I will be fully supporting a ban on shock collars. Dog collars are clearly damaging to a dog’s welfare and as a consequence of this I believe the Government must implement a ban on these cruel devices.”