Ac­tivists in shock over gov­ern­ment col­lar stance

The Scotsman - - Features - By GRAEME MUR­RAY

An­i­mal wel­fare cam­paign­ers have de­clared it “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.

How­ever, the Ken­nel Club and oth­ers want the col­lars out­lawed.

The Ken­nel Club, ve­teri­nary or­gan­i­sa­tions, dog train­ers and MSPS were among those to at­tend a Scottish Par­lia­ment event last week de­mand­ing a ban.

Ken­nel Club sec­re­tary Caro­line Kisko 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.”

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