Target: Congressman Jim Moran
Goal: Ban painful electric shock collars for pets
While many countries have banned electric shock collars, pet owners in the US are still permitted to put these dangerous devices on their animals.
Research has shown strong evidence that shock collars may increase behavioral problems as opposed to lessening them. Furthermore, one study stated that many owners didn’t even read the instruction manual before placing the collar on their pets. Positive reinforcement is shown to be equally, if not more effective for training a pet.
Owners may use shock collars without any idea of what degree of pain is inflicted. If an owner refuses to train their dog or tolerate some barking, they clearly are not equipped to be a pet owner. Because animals often express pain, illness, or fear vocally, restricting an animal’s ability to make noise is restricting its access to safety.
One news report stated that a dog suffered chemical burns after its shock collar became wet. These collars force the animal to live in fear and confusion, which is not a training technique that works. Demand that these torturous devices be banned.
Dear Congressman Jim Moran,
Although banned for being cruel and impractical in many countries, electric shock collars are still available for pets in the US. With all of your efforts for animal rights over the years, we hope you will acknowledge this issue. These collars should be banned immediately for several reasons.
Research has shown shock collars to be less effective at training animals than positive reinforcement, which is free and easy. This is also the method used for police and armed force dogs. Every pet owner should train their animal, as it is part of a pet owner’s responsibility. However many owners purchase barbaric shock collars instead so that they do not have to address any issues. This should be considered neglect, not a helpful option for pet control.
Shock collars have been reported to cause random aggression, cardiac problems, and horrific neck injuries. There is also a possibility for the collars to malfunction, causing unknown levels of pain without an owner’s awareness.
Excessive barking is said to be more common in animals that are chained up, bored, or distressed. This again reflects back on the owner, whose responsibility it is to take care of the dog so that it stops barking excessively. Please make owners take care of their pets by banning primitive shock collars.
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