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ECMA challenges Welsh ban on e-collars

The Electronic Collars Manufacturers Association (ECMA) have stepped up their effort to overturn the proposed ban of the use of electronic training collars in Wales.

The organisation has filed an application in the High Court of Justice seeking a Judicial Review of the decision by the Welsh Assembly Government to take necessary steps to ban electronic training collars from being used in Wales.

The application is the latest move by ECMA in response to the Welsh Assembly Government. Soon after the announcement in June it condemned the Welsh Assembly proposal as hasty and unnecessary.
ECMA believe that the Welsh proposal is based on the misreading of available science, some of which is biased by the prejudging attitude of researchers. Much of the available research is also limited in range and scope and has even been rejected by DEFRA at Westminster.

Duncan McNair for ECMA said: “ECMA believes that not only was the decision of the Welsh Assembly Government against the interests of good animal welfare but also that it was irrational and was based on flawed scientific evidence and wholly inadequate investigation of actual results with the collars .

“This concern was increased by some of the inaccurate and emotive statements made by Members of the Assembly in response to the announcement by the Minister. We are hopeful that the High Court will grant permission for the Judicial Review to take place so this misconceived decision can be quashed”.