Pets: Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th March 2019.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend (a) the statutory Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs and Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats in relation to invisible fencing containment systems and (b) the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to ban the use of hand-held remote controlled e-collar devices.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

On 27 August 2018, the Government announced that it will ban the use of hand-held remote controlled electronic collars (e-collars) for dogs. The ban will not include collars used for invisible fencing. The necessary legislation will be introduced as soon as Parliamentary time allows.

The statutory codes of practice for the welfare of dogs and cats will be reviewed in the light of the change in the law on e-collars.

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