Vets op­pose ban on e-col­lars

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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.”

Visit www.eatwild.co/recipes.

Pro­test­ers against the ban on us­ing elec­tronic train­ing col­lars marched on West­min­ster in Oc­to­ber

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