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Animal welfare
Calls for a ban on the use of electric shock collars on dogs

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THE Kennel Club is urging the Government to take action to ban the use of electric shock collars on dogs following the findings of two research studies that, it claims, ‘found conclusive proof that electric shock collars do not deliver the promises the manufacturers claim and could actually cause more behavioural problems than they solve’.

Both studies were funded by Defra. The first, which received £469,000, ran between September 2007 and November 2010 and involved researchers at Lincoln and Bristol universities and the Food and Environment Research Agency. It aimed to assess the welfare of dogs trained with pet training aids, specifically remote …

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