Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has welcomed a ban on the use of electric shock collars in the training of dogs in Scotland, and has called on the UK Government to follow suit.
The Scottish Government stated in November 2017 that the use of these training devices would continue to be permitted. Following a campaign by MSPs of all parties and backed by animal charities, including the Kennel Club, the Scottish SPCA and the Dogs Trust, the Scottish Government earlier this week confirmed that it was changing its position.
Following a parliamentary debate at Holyrood this afternoon on the issue, Mr McArthur welcomed the decision by Scottish Ministers but called on the UK Government to also take action. The collars are already banned in Wales, but remain in use in England.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said:
"Research from leading experts proves that training a dog with a shock collar is painful and wholly unnecessary.
“I therefore welcome the Scottish Government’s willingness to rethink its position and follow in the footsteps of the Welsh Government in announcing a ban on the use of electric shock collars for dogs.
“Credit, of course, must go to those who have led this campaign, notably the animal welfare charities who have consistently made the case for change.
“The next step is for the UK Government to legislate to ban the import, sale and use of these devices across the UK. All eyes will now be on how UK Ministers respond.”