Applaud England for Banning Electric Shock Pet Training Collars

Target: Michael Gove, British Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Goal: Applaud ban on harmful electric shock pet training collars.

Following Scotland and Wales, England has proposed a ban on electric shock pet training collars to help improve animal welfare. Using electric collars is cruel and counterproductive, as it creates more problems than it does solutions. Cats and dogs learn to be fearful, not behaved, and so lasting behavior change is not achieved through this method. Furthermore, activists say this method can worsen existing behavioral and health problems. Pets should not have to endure physical and psychological trauma when there are many other ways to train them humanely.

The Kennel Club has been campaigning to ban shock collars since 2010, aiming to protect dogs across the UK. Anxiety, worsened behavior, and damaged pet-owner relationships are only a few consequences of using shock collars. Positive reinforcement methods such as using pet treats are a much safer and healthier alternative.

Owners are responsible for their pets’ well-being, and they should not resort to such cruel methods to ensure that their pets behave well. With proper training and patience, pets and owners can form a bond where there is mutual trust. Thanks to tireless effort from activists and England’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs’ strong stance against shock collars, electric shock collars will now be banned in England. Sign the petition below to thank the department for protecting animal welfare.


Dear Secretary Gove,

The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs was instrumental in the proposal to ban the use of electric pet training collars. As secretary of this department, your opposition against shock collars demonstrates the government’s mission to help improve animal welfare. With your support, you are ensuring that pets no longer have to suffer physical and mental trauma under this cruel training method.

Using electric shocks to instill obedience is counterproductive, because it instead creates problems such as worsened behavior, anxiety, and a damaged relationship between pet and owner. Healthier alternatives such as positive reinforcement methods should be used instead. I thank the Department of Environment for its support in improving animal welfare. I sincerely praise you for supporting organizations that have been campaigning for this cause. Following Scotland and Wales, I hope that this ban in England will also signal to other nations across the world that electric collar training is not the solution.


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One Comment

  1. Heather HJ says:

    Yes they don’t need and should not have those on them. It is abuse. They suffer greatly. Who ever thought this would be good for a pet?

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