Shock Collars Banned in Parts of UK

The government of Wales (United Kingdom) has announced that electric shock dog collars are to be banned across Wales because of concern that they are cruel to animals.

The announcement makes Wales the first part of the UK to ban the collars which give animals a jolt at their owner’s discretion. The ban will include any device that induces a shock from which a dog cannot escape and the UK Kennel Club welcomed the ban on "a cruel, outdated and unsuitable method of training dogs".

It is widely expected that the Scottish government will be the next part of the UK to ban electric collars, while England are waiting for a study to conclude in 2010. Electric collars are far more widely used in the United States and have even been used in celebrity dog trainer Cesar Millan’s TV show for training dogs to avoid rattle snakes. A 2003 study by the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, concluded that receiving shocks from electric collars "is a painful experience to dogs".

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