Ross Thomson MP is leading the campaign to ban electric shock collars. Learn more about the campaign from the below information which is featured on Ross’s website: https://www.rossthomson.org.uk/ban-electric-shock-collars-campaign
“I am taking a Scottish Conservative campaign against “barbaric” electric shock dog collars to Westminster.
I have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) urging a ban on the sale, use and distribution of the devices.
As a dog owner, the UK Government should follow the lead of the Welsh and Scottish parliaments in seeking to outlaw the dog training aids.
My Scottish Conservative party colleague, West of Scotland MPS Maurice Golden, collected 20,000 signatures on a petition against the use of the collars. Following his local campaign, the Scottish Government announced last week it would be seeking a ban.
In my letter to Michael Gove, I have cited evidence collected by DEFRA officials. This evidence shows that one in four dogs subjected to electric shock collars showed signs of stress compared to fewer than five percent who were trained by more positive methods.
It was also found that a third of dogs yelped when they felt a shock, and a further quarter again when the punishment was repeated. The research also found that, even when used by professionals, there were still long-term impacts on dog welfare.
Like many other people, I am a dog owner, and I feel very strongly that these devices are cruel and unnecessary. Given the advances in positive, reward-based training, there is simply no place for this type of punishment. My party colleague at Holyrood, Maurice Golden MSP, deserves huge credit for his campaign north of the border, which has forced the Scottish Government to act.
There has been similar action in Wales, and now it is time for the UK Government to follow suit. Tightening regulations will not be enough, however. I am proposing an outright ban on the sale, use and distribution of these devices. I will be making the case as strongly as possible and I hope that I will secure cross-party support.
Quite simply, electric shock dog collars are barbaric and outdated and the law should reflect that.
I have attached a petition form which you can print off getting your friends, family and neighbours to sign it.
Drop the form off at my office 192 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, AB10 6DA or send it in an envelope addressed FREEPOST, Petition to the House of Commons, Office of Ross Thomson MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA ”
On social media use the hashtag #banshockcollars
Petition: Electric Shock Collars Petition
Ross Thomson met with the Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club in Westminster to discuss the need to ban the use, sale and distribution of electric shock collars across the whole of the UK. The campaign is gaining momentum and we fully support the campaign. Ross will host a reception on the campaign for the Dogs Trust on the 20th February