The European Parliament, against its sale and use

The European Commission has received a question from the European Parliament regarding the sale and use of electric collars in dog training. The reason for this question has to do with the fact that these devices are considered contrary to article 7 of the European Convention for the Protection of Companion Animals, since in their opinion they can cause physical or psychological suffering.

The European Parliament, through the French MEP Aurelia Beigneux, member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, has sent a question to the European Commission regarding the permits for the sale and use of electric collars commonly used in some dog training procedures.

On this issue, the Europarliament argues that the sale of this type of necklaces may contravene the European Convention for the Protection of Companion Animals, which Article 7 expressly prohibits the use of those artificial aids that can cause physical or psychological suffering to dogs.

At the moment electric collars are already prohibited in some countries such as Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, while in Spain we will also join this prohibition when the Law on the Protection, Rights and Welfare of Animals finally comes into force promoted by the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, although some Autonomous Communities such as Galicia, Madrid and Murcia have already vetoed them.

dogs with electric collars

Electric collars incorporate a device responsible for sending a shock to the neck of dogs. These devices can work remotely or they can work automatically by detecting vibrations that, for example, cause barking.

Its main function is serve as tools to correct unwanted behaviorhow can they be a excessive barking, aggressiveness, strap pulls, etc. As a general rule, these collars allow you to adjust the intensity and duration of the electric shocks or replace them with vibrations or beeps with a frequency that is unpleasant for the ears of dogs in order to stop their behavior.

In the case of Spanish, the Association of Small Animal Veterinarians (AVEPA), among other entities and protectors dedicated to the defense of animal rights, has publicly shown against the use of this type of electric collarssince in his opinion they compromise the welfare of the animals and respond to outdated learning and training techniques, which they can even end up generating responses and behaviors contrary to the objectives that are chased

Banned in the UK

After many years of campaigning, the Kennel Club has managed to get the United Kingdom to ban the use of collars that produce electric shocks. Spain is one of the countries of the European Union that has not yet prohibited the use of these devices.

A few weeks ago kennel club representatives met with British parliamentarians to study the Prohibition of the sale and use of electric collars throughout the UK. Since 2010 these types of devices are banned in Wales and more recently Scotland also decided to follow the same path, although the possibility of obtaining a ban at the national level was a decision that could only be adopted by the british parliament.

dog with electric collar

For a long time and after carrying out a exhaustive investigation the Kennel Club has been showing that these necklaceswhich are still used by some canine “trainers”, are a obsolete, cruel and ineffective technique and that in the long term it can cause in dogs more serious behavior problems than those that were intended to be solved by applying to animals electric shocks.

According to data published by the Kennel Club in 2014 at least 73% of Britons were against to the use of electric collars, while a similar percentage of citizens were willing to support any parliamentary initiative defend and promote its prohibition. Within the European Union electric shock collars are prohibited in countries like Denmark, Sweden, Austria and Germanyin addition to others such as Switzerland and Norway.

electric training collars They fit around the dogs neck and they work when the “trainer” acts on a remote control or also autonomously with the vibrations produced by the barking of the animal, so that for fear of downloads the dog stops barking or develops a response more obedient to orders.

In our country electric collars are not prohibited by lawdespite the fact that organizations that promote animal welfare are against its use, and therefore can be easily purchased online for approximately 20 euros. Some of these more “civilized” devices integrate the functions of vibration and soundso that a well “trained” dog will tend to obey sensing or hearing signals no downloads required electrical.

Electric collars for dogs, cruel and unnecessary

Ed Hayesresponsible for public affairs of The Kennel Club, opined on the judgment of the Court of Appeals that “should be the final step on this long road to banning the use of electric shock collars in England“. In addition, he acknowledged that the club has written to the minister “to ask him that the words and commitments made quickly become deeds.”

electric collar

“We are delighted that the Government has committed to banning these cruel and unnecessary devices in its action plan. Research shows that a rewards-based approach is more effective than administering painful electric shocks during dog training and the leading veterinary bodies in the UK and Europe are aligned in their opposition to these devices,” he explains.

Finally, Hayes points out that “we have been extensively lobbying the UK Government and devolved administrations for years on this issue. Government previously pledged to ban these harmful devices. However, the legal challenge, which has now finally been closed, had considerably delayed Defra’s action.

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