Vets oppose ban on e-collars
Defra’s proposed e-collar (News, 31 August) ban has been criticised by vets in a letter to The Times published on 17 October, which stated that there is “good scientific evidence that these devices are extremely effective at preventing livestock worrying behaviour without any detriment to the welfare of the dog” and says that the alternative of “permanently restricting a dog to a lead is no life for that dog.”
Wales banned e-collars in 2010 and attacks by dogs have risen sharply since then, with a reported seven attacks in 2011 increasing to 231 in 2015-2016 in Gwent alone.
Defra’s problems with the ban include a lack of public support and protesters gathered in Westminster in October to voice their opposition. Another protest is planned at the Kennel Club in November (Letters, p.12).
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David Tomlinson said: “The impending ban is based on sentiment not scientific fact, but no doubt the minister decided on it because he believes it has popular support. Having ignored the evidence, he will no doubt ignore the protesters, too.” Rick Stein, Brian Turner, Shaun
Rankin and Nigel Haworth are just a few of the prominent chefs who have pledged support for Eat Wild, the campaign launched by the British Game Alliance to raise awareness of assured wild game.
Mr Haworth, chef ambassador of Eat Wild, said: “I’m delighted that some well-known chefs have shown their support for the campaign as it’s really going to help get the positive messages about game out there. By promoting assured game and all the great things it offers, an increasing number of people will start cooking with it.
“To help, we’ve developed a range of exciting recipes that the public can enjoy, not only as they taste great, but also because they use a meat that is produced in a sustainable way.”
Protesters against the ban on using electronic training collars marched on Westminster in October