Date lodged: 19 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what devices will be covered by the proposed ban on electric shock collars for dogs.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 23 March 2018
The draft guidance issued under section 38 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006) is intended to cover the use of any training devices that administer unpleasant stimuli or physical punishment. This may include the use of electronic collars that administer an electric shock; anti-bark collars, which may mask or aggravate underlying behavioural or health issues; and any device that squirts noxious oils or other chemicals that interfere with a dog’s acute sense of smell. The content of the guidance will remain under review.