As well as misuse of these hand-held devices, which emit an electronic pulse or spray a noxious chemical, evidence shows that these devices can re-direct aggression or generate anxiety-based behaviour in pet – making underlying behavioural and health problems worse.
Secretary of State Michael Gove said, “We are a nation of animal lovers and the use of punitive shock collars cause harm and suffering to our pets.
“This ban will improve the welfare of animals and I urge pet owners to instead use positive reward training methods.”
Despite a ban on e-collars, the Government added that it will not be including invisible fencing systems, although the situation will be kept under review. This follows around 50% of responders specifically pointing out that they did not want containment fences banned.
National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) has welcomed the e-collar ban, saying that it will stop people using this inhumane practice as a ‘quick fix’ training method.
NAWT’s CEO, Clare Williams, said, “We are delighted that the government has announced that they are going to ban the sale and use of e-collars. Good, reward-based training methods like the ones used through our Open Paw programmes here at the National Animal Welfare Trust, are best for animal welfare even though they require an investment in time. The ultimate reward of positive training methods is the strong bond which is developed between dog and human.”