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We received 7334 responses to this consultation. We’ve analysed the responses and decided to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to ban the use of hand-held remote controlled e-collar devices. We do not intend to ban the use of invisible fencing containment systems, although we will keep the situation under review.
The statutory Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs and Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats will be amended to emphasize that:
- invisible fencing containment systems should be installed and set up by professionals
- appropriate training should be provided
- they should only be used as a last resort
We want to know what you think about our proposal to ban the use of electronic training collars for cats and dogs.
Electronic training collars (e-collars) are corrective behaviour devices which allow electronic shocks to be applied to pets by their owners.
To protect the welfare of cats and dogs, we wish to ban their use by introducing regulations under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.