Electric dog collars are to be banned in Britain following years of campaigning by animal rights organizations.
It is expected that Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will make the announcement later this week.
Talking about electric dog collars, Michael Gove said: “This ban will improve the welfare of animals and I urge pet owners to instead use positive-reward training methods.”
He also described the collars as “punitive devices”, that “can cause harm and suffering, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to our pets.”
Electric collars will also be banned for the use of cats.
The collars ‘train’ animals by sending out a painful pulse of electricity, conditioning animals to stop an unwanted or undesirable behaviour.
As well as electricity, collars can spray nasty smelling substances into the faces of animals, or they can emit sounds that are painful for their sensitive ears.
However, it has been proven that this can cause both physical and psychological distress to the animals involved.
Many also believe that it can, in fact, worsen the animal’s behaviour.
Rachel Casey, the Dogs Trust’s Director of Canine Behaviour and Research explained:
“A dog can’t understand when or why it’s being shocked and this can cause it immense distress, with many dogs exhibiting signs of anxiety and worsened behaviour as a result.”