Kent animal volunteers say success of Dogs Trust campaign could finally abolish use of harmful shock collars.

The anti-shock collar movement that has gained thousands of supporters including MPs is set to put a stop to the devices.

 

The collar can shock a dog for up to 11 seconds, sending between 100 – 6000 volts to their neck.

 

Electric shock collar

 

Animal rights activists asked for support back in February and since then they have brought huge recognition across the country.

 

It comes after it was found that the public were not aware that they were still legal with statistics revealing that a third of people wrongly believed they were illegal.

 

 

New animal welfare laws are now set to be put in place, with Environmental Secretary Michael Gove backing the cause.

 

He told the Independent: “Organisations and MPs have campaigned against the use of shock collars passionately and we are listening to their concerns.

 

“We are now proposing to ban the use of electric shock collars to improve the welfare of animals”.

 

The plans are still under discussion and animal shelter volunteers in Kent have expressed the importance of the cause and why all local MPs should back the proposals.

 

Animal shelter volunteer Jo Garlinge has always been against the shock collars and says there are much less cruel ways to train or reprimand your dogs.

 

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Local Labour MP Rosie Duffield has been contacted for her views on the campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

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