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Ban Electric Shock Collars

Ross has taken 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.

Ross 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 Quite simply, electric shock dog collars are barbaric and outdated and the law should reflect that.”

To find out more visit: https://www.rossthomson.org.uk/ban-electric-shock-collars-campaign

 

Loan Charge

Ross is campaigning for an independent review into the 2019 Loan Charge which has severely affected.

Ross said, "The government must listen to the MPs who spoke on behalf of their constituents and will take heed of the clear view of the Commons. The retrospective nature of the Loan Charge is causing great distress. There is a huge human cost. It is right that we condemn those who sold such schemes. It is deeply unfair that the Government seeks to do this retrospectively. MPs across the House of Commons expressed serious concerns about the fairness of the Loan Charge and the impact it will have on people. We are not going away so if the government does not act, MPs will find other ways in parliament to make changes.”

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