Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner and the House of Representatives
Goal: Ban the sale of choke and prong collars
Choke and prong collars are used to control dogs, but these collars often do more harm than good. They dig into the dog’s skin, cause pain and discomfort, and are not a humane option to train an animal. These collars need to be banned from the United States because they do nothing positive for a dog’s well being.
Consequences of using a choke or prong collar on a dog include whiplash, fainting, spinal cord injuries, crushing of the trachea, dislocated neck bones, bruising of the esophagus, and damaging the skin tissue. Since the choke or prong collar is meant to simulate a choke hold, some dogs have died from strangulation. If a dog were to scratch or move the collar, it is likely for the prongs to puncture the dog’s neck. If a dog does get injured to the point that scar tissue develops, the dog no longer has feeling in this area.
The collar is meant to make a dog behave through pain, but if the dog no longer feels anything, these collars are useless and the dog’s behavior will continue. The dog will continue to associate the prong or choke collar as a choke hold — which it essentially is — and act more aggressively or in fear.
There are other tools and activities that a dog trainer or owner can use to a dog to behave appropriately. Positive reinforcement training should be used instead of disciplining the dog with pain, as this method is not humane or ethical. Training a dog should be enjoyable, not one that inspires fear and aggression in the animal. If a parent placed such a collar on his or her child, there would be public outrage, so why would we want to place it on our pets?
Sign this petition and urge Speaker of the House John Boehner and the House to ban the use of these collars in the United States. If you care about your dogs, positive training should be enforced, not a method that is based on pain and aggression.
Dear John Boehner and U.S. Representatives,
Dogs are man’s best friend, living alongside us to help round up the cattle, look after our young, and be our companions. They have been depicted in paintings and sculptures as a testament to their loyalty and presence in our human lives, and yet we continue to mistreat them.
I am writing this letter to urge the House to ban the sale of choke and prong collars. These collars train dogs with discomfort and pain. Many dogs have suffered injuries ranging from bruising, punctures, and death, in an effort to make their dog behave. Our dogs cannot talk, but if a parent were to place something like this on their child, there would be public outrage. I do not understand why anyone would want to train their animal through pain, so if you even have an ounce of compassion, I am asking you to protect our beloved dogs.
[Your Name Here]
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