SNP ‘ban’ on shock col­lars ‘just PR gloss’

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY JON HEBDITCH

A north-east MP has said Scot­tish Govern­ment ef­forts to “ban” elec­tric shock col­lars for dogs and cats are lit­tle more than “PR gloss”.

Aberdeen South Con­ser­va­tive MP Ross Thom­son has said in a let­ter to Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for En­vi­ron­ment Roseanna Cun­ning­ham that an­i­mal wel­fare cam­paign­ers are “bit­terly dis­ap­pointed” with new guid­ance is­sued by the Scot­tish Govern­ment that falls far short of a ban.

Se­nior SNP politi­cians have re­peat­edly claimed that the de­vices are out­lawed in Scot­land, but Mr Thom­son said ac­tion so far has been lim­ited to up­dat­ing guid­ance for pros­e­cu­tors, which has been marked as “ad­vi­sory only”.

De­fra Sec­re­tary Michael Gove an­nounced leg­is­la­tion to ban ESCs in Eng­land in Au­gust.

How­ever, the SNP’s pro­gramme for govern­ment, launched in Septem­ber, does not in­clude any equiv­a­lent leg­is­la­tion for Scot­land.

In his let­ter to the Cabi­net Sec­re­tary, Mr Thom­son said: “It is not the ban you promised. “

The Scot­tish Govern­ment was con­tacted for comment but did not re­spond.

“It is not the ban you promised”

Ross Thom­son MP

Roseanna Cun­ning­ham

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