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NAWT backs law change to ban electric shock collars

Here at the National Animal Welfare Trust, we are delighted that the government has announced that they are going to ban the sale and use of e-collars.

A ban will stop people using this inhumane practice as a 'quick fix' training method that achieves its results by inflicting pain, resulting in an animal then complying to avoid future pain.

Any animal trained in this way can end up in a constant state of anxiety with all the attendant impacts on their physiological and mental well-being.

Good, reward-based training methods like the ones used through our Open Paw programmes here at the National Animal Welfare Trust, are best for animal welfare even though they require an investment in time.

The ultimate reward of positive training methods is the strong bond which is developed between dog and human.

NAWT CEO Clare Williams said: "We are very disappointed that the ban does not extend to what are known as containment or invisible fences.

"Containment fences use e-collars which are triggered by the fence itself rather than the person. They should also be part of the ban as they have exactly the same impact on the animal as an e-collar used for training.

"Additional to this, as they can operate without a human present, animals can associate the pain with something in their immediate surroundings and new problem behaviours can be created.

"We will continue to support lobbying for a ban on containment fences.” 

Read the government's official annoucement here.

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