electric shock pet collars to be banned
The use of electric shock pet collars in Wales is to be banned by the assembly government using new powers. The announcement makes Wales the first part of the UK to ban the collars which give animals a jolt when they misbehave. Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones said she would bring forward legislation to make their use a criminal offence. The assembly government says it is introducing the ban because of concerns about unnecessary suffering to pets.
The assembly government’s consultation on the issue ended on 1 February. Ms Jones said: “This has not been an easy subject to examine. There is genuinely a large degree of concern about how these devices are improperly used, in contrast to responses from people who have used them and found they have worked in stopping an animal from misbehaving. After giving due consideration to the arguments, I propose to introduce a ban on the use of electric shock collars in Wales.”