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Early day motion on electric shock collars

AN MP who has put forward a Private Members Bill to ban the use of electric shock training collars for dogs has further raised the issue in Westminster by tabling an Early Day Motion.

In addition to her Private Member’s Bill, Sarah McCarthy-Fry MP (Lab. Portsmouth North) has tabled the following Early Day Motion calling for the Government to introduce a complete ban on the sale, manufacture, hire, loan, importation or use of electric training devices.

Ms McCarthy-Fry’s Early Day Motion 592 reads:

‘That this House condemns the sale, manufacture, hire, loan, importation or use of electric training devices to train and control dogs with the exception of electric fences which operate on a different principle; considers the use of such devices to be cruel and unnecessary; understands that alternative positive training methods produce dogs which are trained more quickly and reliably with no potential for abuse or cruelty; recognises that because dogs are highly reactive to learning experiences and have a strong bond with humans that their natural instincts can be utilised to train them easily; and calls upon the government to introduce a complete ban on the sale, manufacture, hire, loan, importation or use of electric training devices.’

The Kennel Club is fully supporting Ms McCarthy-Fry’s action and is helping her put her Bill forward. The KC has urged dog owners to contact their MPs and ask him/her to pledge support to the Kennel Club’s shock collar campaign by signing EDM 592.

The motion is certain to provoke reaction from advocates of the electric training collar, many of whom have successfully trained their dogs using the device.

As reported recently, the Welsh Assembly is due to vote soon on a total ban on electric shock collars, following representations made by the KC late last year. However DEFRA have tried to oppose the motion, saying that there is ‘lack of scientific evidence’ to show that electric shock collars are harmful.