Electronic Training Aids

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th March 2018.

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Photo of Tommy Sheppard Tommy Sheppard Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (House of Lords)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to Answer of 13 February 2018 to Question 126358 and the letter to the Secretary of State from the hon. Member for Edinburgh East, what his policy is on the sale of electronic shock collars.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We have updated the statutory Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs (made under the Animal Welfare Act 2006), and strengthened the form of wording on the use of negative training methods. The draft code, which is currently before Parliament, makes it clear that any training method which includes physical punishment may cause pain, suffering and distress and could lead to aggressive responses and worsen the problems they aim to address.

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