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Dogs: Electric Shock Equipment

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research he has commissioned on the (a) effectiveness, (b) efficacy and (c) ethics of using electric shock collars on dogs. (204957)

We have recently commissioned a research project to assess the effect of electronic training aids on the welfare of dogs. The research is due to be completed in 2010.

We have also asked the Companion Animal Welfare Council, an advisory body on companion animal welfare matters, to undertake an independent study of available evidence on the use of these electronic training aids to complement our funded study.