This week, I hosted a meeting in the Scottish Parliament of academics, vets and behaviourists who all believe the time is right for the sale and use of electric shock collars to be banned in Scotland.
The meeting was jointly held by the Kennel Club and the Scottish Kennel Club and, as a long-time supporter of their campaign to see Scotland follow Wales’ example and ban the harmful devices, I was delighted to be able to sponsor the event.
There has already been extensive consultation over the past few years on whether to ban electronic training aids, and the last consultation closed in January 2016 – almost 2 years ago. But, despite assurances that regulations were forthcoming, the SNP have made no progress since then.
Meanwhile, use of shock collars is being widely promoted with training events on offer and claims that they are a positive tool – which is far from the truth. That is why it is so important to hold events like these - to deliver the facts, raise awareness and get people talking.
We say that a dog is man's best friend - it's time to repay that friendship.