MP backs shock collar ban

Gordon MP Colin Clark pledges his support
Gordon MP Colin Clark pledges his support

Gordon MP Colin Clark attended a drop in event at the House of Commons recently to pledge his support to help ban the use and sale of electric shock collars.

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity launched its #ShockinglyLegal campaign on Tuesday, February 20, to help urge the Government to ban the sale of electronic shock collars.

The use of electronic shock collars is banned in Wales, and Scotland has started to make moves towards prohibiting the use of these cruel devices.

Only Westminster has the power to ban the sale of electronic shock collars so Dogs Trust is urging members of the public to tweet their MP using the hashtag #ShockinglyLegal to help bring this important issue to light.

Colin Clark said: “I’m delighted to pledge my support to Dogs Trust in calling for a ban on the use and sale of electronic shock collars.

“These aversive training methods are outdated and cruel, and there is no need for them to be used when there are so many positive training methods available.

“This is a hugely important issue for dog welfare and I hope my support will help make a difference.”

Rachel Casey Director of Canine Behaviour and Research at Dogs Trust added: “Positive based methods, such as using rewards like food, are the most effective and kindest way to train your dog, so there is absolutely no need for owners to even consider the use of these devices.”