The English government has just announced that they will be banning the use of electric shock collars on cats and dogs.

Shock collars can deliver up to 6,000 volts of electricity, sometimes for as long as 11 seconds. Other collars can release noxious smelling chemicals as a means of dissuading pets from certain behaviors. Both of these devices have been shown to cause – and worsen – behavioral problems and anxiety in pets.

Animal rights organizations that have been rallying for the ban encourage using positive-reward training techniques instead.

According to a 2014 survey, 74% of the English population is in favor of the ban, while one third of recipients thought that there was already a ban in place. Scotland and Wales have both banned electric shock collars.

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Dr. Rachel Casey, who is the director of canine behavior and research at animal welfare organization Dogs Trust, applauded the ban.

“Scientific research has demonstrated that electronic devices which deliver an aversive stimulus have a negative impact on dog welfare, so this ban will have a major positive impact for dogs in the UK,” said Casey, according to the BBC.

Containment fences, which use shock methods to prevent animals from leaving a certain area, are still legal based on evidence that they reportedly prevent up to 300,000 from being harmed in road and traffic related accidents.

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  1. I’m all for containment fencing, since it keeps them from harm, or others from the animals harming them, but many times ‘shock collars’ and the like are autonomous, and teach nothing along with their deterrent of pain. But people are oblivious to their little to no training ability, and just hate them because beloved ‘Fifi’ yelped. Can anyone argue the effectiveness of, and the need for stun-guns in law enforcement? This less than lethal deterrent on humans is a good thing, when used conscientiously in fighting erratic behavior.

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