A ban on electronic training collars for cats and dogs in England

Closed 27 Apr 2018

Opened 12 Mar 2018

Overview

We are seeking views on banning electronic training collars (e-collars). These corrective behaviour devices allow electronic or static pulses and other signals to be given to pets by their owners.

 

 

Why We Are Consulting

We are proposing a ban on two types of e-collars for cats and dogs.  The ban will apply to hand held remote-controlled devices and containment systems.

Remote-controlled devices can be operated by the owner/handler to stop unwanted behaviour by triggering an electronic pulse or other deterrent.

Containment systems can be used to keep a cat or dog within a certain area.  When the animal approaches the boundary it will trigger a pulse or other deterrent.

For more information about the e-collars we plan to ban, please read the consultation document.

Territorial scope

This ban will apply in England only.  The Scottish Government have announced plans to issue statutory guidance on the use of these e-collars.  In Wales, the use of such e-collars was banned in 2010.

Audiences

  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • AWBs
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Animal welfare campaigners
  • Trade Unions
  • Employment Agencies
  • Food Business Operators
  • Licensed Gangmasters
  • Food Industry
  • Vets
  • Operators of animal gatherings
  • Abattoir Operator
  • Livestock show ground operators
  • Manufacturers of livestock identifiers
  • All Marine Users
  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Coastal Members of Parliament
  • Coastal local authorities
  • National Park Authorities
  • Recreation sector
  • Coastal Management sector
  • Aggregates sector
  • Energy sector
  • Industries and professional services
  • Ports and Harbour Authorities and Estuaries
  • Water/water Industry sector
  • IFCAs
  • Angling Organisations and Trade
  • Fishing Focus individual recipients
  • Water Abstractors
  • Environmental professional services
  • Estate Agents
  • House Building Industry
  • Property Management
  • Legal and Conveyancing Professions
  • Households
  • Local Authorities
  • Non-Household Customers
  • Consumer Groups
  • Commercial Fisheries Organisations
  • Fisheries Producer Organisations
  • Waste Producers and Handlers
  • Business/Private Sector
  • Policy Teams
  • Pet Owners
  • Pet Interest Groups
  • Pet Carriers
  • Transport Organisations
  • Veterinarians
  • Local Authorities
  • Producer Compliance Schemes
  • WEEE Treatment Facilities
  • Waste Management Companies
  • Electrical re-use organisations
  • All Defra staff and ALBs
  • Walkers
  • Horse riders
  • Families
  • Students
  • Farmers
  • Fishermen
  • SME businesses
  • Energy suppliers
  • Water suppliers
  • Leisure industry
  • Tourism industry
  • Insurance industry
  • Horticulture Industry
  • Shellfish Cultivators
  • Tenant Farmers
  • Agricultural Landlords
  • Agricultural Valuers
  • Land Agents
  • Trading Standards Officers
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Professional and Membership Organisations/Agencies
  • Public Bodies
  • Consultants
  • Beach Users

Interests

  • Animals