news release

03 October 2008

North MSP seeks Ban on Electric Dog Collars

Peter Peacock, Highlands and Islands regional MSP, is calling on the Scottish Government to take action to ban the use of electric shock collars on dogs.

Following the passing of an Animal Health and Welfare Act in 2006 animal welfare groups have been calling on additional legislation to tighten up on issues like the sale of animals as pets, the use of animals in circuses and electric shock collars.

"These collars are placed round a dog’s neck and if the dog fails to obey the owner gives an electric shock causing the animal pain. In my opinion this is cruel and unnecessary.

"Both the SSPCA and the Kennel Club are in favour of banning these collars, which they believe are ineffective, as the animals respond only because of fear of the pain," said Mr Peacock.

The police and military already voluntarily ban the use of these collars and their dogs are trained to a high standard. The vast majority of working dogs are trained by traditional positive methods.

Mr Peacock added: "This issue, while enjoying cross party support, has slipped off the timetable and I am keen to see it back on the agenda.

"I am asking the Scottish Government when it plans to outlaw this barbaric practice."

Ends

Parliamentary questions tabled by Peter Peacock on the issue :

S3W-17396 - Peter Peacock (Highlands and Islands) (Date Lodged Friday, October 31, 2008): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to include guidance to dog owners to avoid the use of animal training aids that inflict suffering or pain on a dog.

Due for answer Friday, November 14, 2008

S3W-17395 - Peter Peacock (Highlands and Islands) (Date Lodged Friday, October 31, 2008): To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to publish the results of the consultation on the Draft Dog Welfare Code of Practice, which closed on 1 May 2008.

Due for answer Friday, November 14, 2008

S3W-17394 - Peter Peacock (Highlands and Islands) (Date Lodged Friday, October 31, 2008): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to ban the use of electric shock collars as avoidable punishment under section 19 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act (Scotland) Act 2006.

Due for answer Friday, November 14, 2008

S3W-17393 - Peter Peacock (Highlands and Islands) (Date Lodged Friday, October 31, 2008): To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to make regulations under sections 26 and 27 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 to ban the use of electric shock collars.

Due for answer Friday, November 14, 2008

 

 

 





 

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