Some pet owners in the States have a problem shocking their pet dogs and cats with shock collars and invisible electric dog fences - and they are not alone.
This week, ministries in England have a ban on shock collars, used to train and control pets. Wales has already enforced the ban; but Scotland is determined to follow. This action is in response to animal right campaigners boycotting the shock dog products and voicing that they are inhumane.
Environmental secretary Michael Gove supports this ban.
“We are a nation of animal lovers,” he said. “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.”
While shock collars can teach dogs to stop misbehaving, the devices can also disrupt dog's acute sense of smell and hearing.
“Shock collars are often marketed as a harmless quick-fix solution. The truth is that far from providing a solution, they can easily cause more problems than they seek to fix.”
For pet owners looking for humane alternatives to shock collars and electric fence for dogs, choose plastic or PVC-coated metal fences from EasyPetFence.com; and support the movement for the humane treatment of animals.