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Scottish Government to Review Electronic Dog Training Collars

09 July 2015

SCOTLAND - The Scottish Government is planning to seek views on additional controls around electronic training collars for dogs after calls for the collars to be banned.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead confirmed a consultation will be published within the next few months following a number of requests for electric shock and vibration collars for animals to be banned. It will seek views on the potential for tighter controls and an out-right ban.

Mr Lochhead said: “Scotland is a nation of animal lovers and we want to make sure animals kept in Scotland benefit from the highest possible standards of animal welfare. The use of electronic training collars is clearly an issue that many people feel strongly about, with advocates on both sides of the debate citing animal welfare as their main driver.

“I have had a number of requests to ban these collars due to valid concerns about their potential misuse, but equally, I have been made aware of numerous situations where these training aids, when used properly, have greatly benefited animal welfare.

“That is why I will publish a further consultation within the next few months. This will take into account recent developments in collar technology, welfare research and mechanisms to mitigate the risks of collar use.

“The options on the table will include a ban or controls on the type of collars that may be used and how they may be used – which we have seen work in other parts of the world, for example in New Zealand and in Victoria, Australia.

“This consultation will give people across Scotland the chance to have an informed say on a range of options to ensure we protect the welfare of dogs.”

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