Rachel has welcomed the Conservative Government’s decision to ban cruel electric shock collars.

The electronic training collars, which are used for dogs and cats, will be banned under new legislation, Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, announced on Monday (August 27th).

Remote controlled electronic training collars (e-collars) have a remote device that triggers an electronic pulse, which can be varied in strength, while others may spray a noxious chemical. As well as being misused to inflict unnecessary harm and suffering, there’s also evidence e-collars can re-direct aggression or generate anxiety-based behaviour in pets – making underlying behavioural and health problems worse.

The action was taken to ban these cruel collars following a successful lobbying campaign led by Conservative MP, Ross Thomson, and the Dogs Trust, which Rachel supported.

However, after listening closely to the views of pet owners following a public consultation, the Government will not extend the ban to invisible fencing systems which can keep pets away from roads and potential traffic accidents. These devices are particularly useful for cat owners and animals often respond well to invisible fencing and quickly learn to stay within a boundary without receiving a static pulse.

Rachel said: “I’ve supported Ross’ campaign from the very beginning, so it’s great to see the Government has listened to pet owners and banned these cruel shock collars. There is no place for these barbaric collars which cause pain and suffering to animals.

“Today’s announcement is a further sign of the Government’s strong commitment to maintaining and improving animal welfare standards in the UK as we leave the EU. From enshrining animal sentience in UK law, to increasing maximum sentences for animal cruelty tenfold, to a ban on the third-party sales of puppies and kittens, it is the Conservatives who are determined to drive up animal welfare standards.”

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “We are a nation of animal lovers and the use of punitive shock collars cause harm and suffering to our pets.

“This ban will improve the welfare of animals and I urge pet owners to instead use positive reward training methods.”