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PE01555: Electric Shock and Vibration Collars for Animals

Petitioner: Siobhan Garrahy


Date Lodged: 18 March 2015

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ban the cruel and completely unnecessary use of electric shock and vibration collars on animals in Scotland.

Petition History:


28 April 2015: The Committee took evidence from Siobhan Garrahy and Claire Staines, dog trainer and behaviourist. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government, the Association of Pet Behavioural Counsellors, the Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association, the Scottish SPCA, the Dogs Trust, the Kennel Club, NFU Scotland, the Scottish Countryside Alliance and Scottish Land & Estates. Link to Official Report 28 April 2015

Below: Siobhan Garrahy and Claire Staines at the meeting on 28 April 2015


23 June 2015: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and academics at the University of Lincoln who have undertaken research for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on this topic. Link to Official Report 23 June 2015

27 October 2015: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 27 October 2015

12 January 2016: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the Scottish Government is reviewing the law on this issue and is consulting on a number of proposals. Link to Official Report 12 January 2016   

Written Submissions:

Associated Correspondence:

Following the closure of the petition, the Welsh Govenment's Deputy Minister for Farming and Food wrote to the Committee with an update once the Welsh Government's review of the policy intent behind the Animal Welfare (Electronic Collars) (Wales) Regulations 2010 had concluded:

The purpose of this petition is to ban the cruel and unnecessary use of electric shock collars in animals as a training and compliance tool. They are not necessary and any good animal behaviourist will promote reward base training methods that are appropriate and effective. The SSPCA, the Association of Animal Behaviourists and many other Animal Welfare groups and activists reject the use of electric shock collars and we call on the Scottish Government to ban their use.

I can't believe electric collars are still in use and it was found to be nescessary to petition for their removal

Christina Fisher

14:31 on 16 Feb 2015

Please share this petition. We need to stop this barbaric way of training. The more people that are made aware the more people will sign the petition. Thankyou

Shelley Morrison

10:50 on 09 Feb 2015

Shock collars are never necessary. Please do not go to any trainer who uses them. There are many qualified Force Free trainers in Scotland now who are well versed in positive training. If the ban goes through, I hope the outdated trainers who use them will either go out of business or take it upon themselves to be educated in all things dog. Prongs and choke collars are just as bad btw

rizia robertson

15:38 on 08 Feb 2015

I fully support the ban of electric shock collars. These cause far more harm than good however the vibration collar is a different tool entirely causing zero pain or discomfort. These collars are VITAL for many deaf dogs to be able to lead a life off leash as they are meant to. These vibration collars are the source of their recall, keeping them safe. To put the two in the same bracket shows ignorance and lack of reseach for these tools.

karen fairclough

20:46 on 05 Feb 2015

Far to cruel to use

Kay connar

16:46 on 05 Feb 2015

This Is A Awful To Know We Treat animals in this way they can be hurt just like us so we are the same in many ways how about we switch positions the you will be quick on banning it

Ross Stratton

15:34 on 05 Feb 2015

Stop the abuse

sam combe

12:03 on 05 Feb 2015

Shocking that this is still legal!

corrine combe

11:52 on 05 Feb 2015

stop this inhumane training method

Judy Matthews

11:42 on 05 Feb 2015

Please ban these collars.

Sheena Clark

11:16 on 05 Feb 2015

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