MSP supports ban on aversive training devices

Pictured is Graeme Dey with Jenny Gilruth. Picture by Toby Williams
Pictured is Graeme Dey with Jenny Gilruth. Picture by Toby Williams

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey met with animal charity, Dogs Trust, to discuss canine legislation at a Scottish Parliament event last week.

The dog welfare charity visited the Scottish Parliament last month to discuss their Dog Manifesto and priority animal welfare issues for the new Parliament with 68 MSPs including Graeme Dey.

The Scottish Government has recently consulted on the sale and use of electronic training aids. Dogs Trust is deeply concerned by their use, a notion the Scottish public support, with 77 per cent of those polled by YouGov supporting a ban.

Dogs Trust Head of Public Affairs, Claire Calder explains: “We were delighted to visit the Scottish Parliament last week, and meet with Graeme to discuss our 2016 Dog Manifesto. At the top of our agenda is the currently unregulated use of electronic training devices.

“We are calling on MSPs to back our calls for a full ban on the sale and use of static pulse, spray and sonic collars. We are working to ensure the welfare of all dogs and are grateful for the support we have received from across the political spectrum for these issues.”

Graeme Dey MSP said: “Dogs Trust have presented a strong case around the welfare issues that electronic shock collars and other aversive training devices can cause to dogs. The charity’s rehoming centres in Scotland only use reward-based training and they have advanced a powerful argument for these methods to be guaranteed for all dogs.”

The Scottish Government has now responded to their consultation on the ‘potential controls or prohibition of electronic training aids in Scotland’.

The Dogs Trust Public Affairs team also engaged with MSPs on the breeding and sale of dogs and their work as part of the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG) which focuses on the online advertising for sale of pets.