Col­lars de­ci­sion crit­i­cised

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

An­i­mal wel­fare cam­paign­ers said it was “ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing” the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to al­low dog own­ers to use elec­tric shock col­lars.

Min­is­ters say new reg­u­la­tions be­ing brought in will in­tro­duce tighter con­trols on the use of the de­vices than there are in Eng­land.

But the Ken­nel Club and oth­ers want use of the de­vices out­lawed.

The Ken­nel Club and Scot­tish Ken­nel Club, vet­eri­nary groups, dog train­ers, be­haviourists and MSPs at­tended an event at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment last week to ask for a ban on col­lars.

Caro­line Kisko, Ken­nel Club sec­re­tary, said: “It is ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing that de­spite the large amount of sci­en­tific ev­i­dence prov­ing that elec­tric shock col­lars are a cruel train­ing method for dogs, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has de­cided to pur­sue a costly route to reg­u­late shock col­lars rather than im­ple­ment an out­right ban.

“The Ken­nel Club has grave con­cerns that if the gov­ern­ment sup­ports a for­mal train­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion which al­lows elec­tronic train­ing de­vices, it will le­git­imise the use of shock col­lars and gain­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tion may be viewed as an as­pi­ra­tional tar­get for dog train­ers.”

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