If someone handed you a taser and asked you to walk up to a loved one and shock them for absolutely no reason at all, would you do it? Of course not. No matter how angry we got at a family member, most of us would never want to do anything to harm them. So why do some people think using electric shock collars on their pets is OK?
In Britain that will all change, this week. Michael Gove
, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced that electric shock collars will no longer be licensed for sale.
Why? Because these collars, used in an attempt to change an animal's behavior by "shocking them into submission" are more cruel than anything else. Dogs and cats often have no idea why they are receiving a shock.
The collars range from the traditional shock collar to ones that emit a high pitched sound that's painful to animals, some even squirt a four spray in their face if they act "out of line." Unfortunately, they don't work to change the behavior in the long term and can even have the opposite effect, making them more anxious, more likely to bark or make aggressive dogs even more so.
While these cruel collars have finally been made illegal across the pond, they are still widely used here and sold by big named companies like Amazon and Walmart. We should no longer permit these cruel instruments to be sold and used on our beloved pets.
Please join Care2 in demanding that U.S. lawmakers provide the same protection against unnecessary animal cruelty that British dogs and cats now enjoy. Please sign the petition and ask Congress to ban shock collars here in the United States.
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