Views sought on banning or regulating devices for cats and dogs

Wednesday November 11th 2015

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame is urging her constituents to respond to a Scottish Government consultation on whether electronic training collars for cats and dogs should be regulated or banned in Scotland.

Ms Grahame, who is the chair of the Cross Party Group on Animal Welfare and met with the Minister responsible for the issue earlier this year to discuss the banning of the so-called shock collars following a debate in Parliament.

She said:

“I am delighted that the Scottish Government has decided to consult with the people of Scotland as we are a nation of animal lovers. I have discussed the issue at length with many animal welfare organisations that are against their use.

“The consultation seeks views on whether electronic aids in Scotland should be subject to tighter controls like those in New Zealand and Victoria, Australia, or whether they should be banned outright as has happened in other countries such as Wales, Denmark and Germany.”

The Scottish Government is formally seeking views over the next 12 weeks on whether the technology should be subject to tighter controls, or even prohibited altogether.

Ms Grahame added:

“I opposes the use of these devices and will be responding myself and would urge everyone in Scotland with an interest in the welfare of dogs and cats to have their say before this consultation closes on January 29, 2016.”

The consultation – Potential controls or prohibition of electronic training aids in Scotland – runs from November 6, 2015 to January 29, 2016 and can be accessed via

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