A north-east MP is taking a Scottish Conservative campaign against “barbaric” electric shock dog collars to Westminster.
Aberdeen South MP Ross Thomson has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) and arranged a meeting urging a ban on the sale, use and distribution of the devices.
Mr Thomson, a dog owner, said the UK Government should follow the lead of the Welsh and Scottish parliaments in seeking to outlaw the dog training aids.
His 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 his letter to Michael Gove, Mr Thomson cites evidence collected by EFRA officials showing 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.
Ross Thomson, Scottish Conservative MP for Aberdeen South, said:
“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“Quite simply, electric shock dog collars are barbaric and outdated and the law should reflect that.”
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