The intent of this site in the short term is to discourage people from using shock devices and in the long term to promote a ban on the sale and use of shock collars as other enlightened countries such as Wales have done. Assembled are policies, studies, advisements and news stories that expose shock collars as weapons because they use pain to train. Our aim is to motivate people to seek out humane non-violent alternatives of interacting with animals. We believe people who have been misled will see from the evidence we present here that there are healthier ways to interact with their pets, will rise to the occasion, and throw away their shock collars. As pet owners most of our comments are directed at the ’Dog Trainer’ who operates a business promoting and shocking other people’s dogs under the guise of training. We feel this is where much of the abuse takes place. These people give pet owners the false impression that shocking their pets is safe & humane. Their tactics and practices, often unethical, lack transparency and shamelessly include shocking puppies, frightened and aggressive dogs. The damage and suffering incompetent trainers cause is overwhelming, in particular when they insert themselves into the world of Shelters & Rescues. The legal status of these collars and the fact that any person can call themselves a trainer, buy a shock collar, and start electrically shocking dogs for money is a travesty.
The content on this site is not a reflection of one person's opinion. It is a collection of many world-renowned animal experts, psychologists, veterinarians, behaviorists, cruelty investigation officers and animal welfare organizations committed to helping better the lives of animals. Some may think our site a little on the dark side, but unfortunately we didn't make this stuff up. It is the dark side where many animals live. We are just trying to reduce their suffering. And suffer they do. While some minimize how rich, deep and profound an animal’s feelings and awareness are the reality is animals are conscious and emotional beings, just like us.
HOW SHOCK COLLARS ARE USED.
"THE THREAT OF PAIN IS JUST AS CAPABLE OF INDUCING STRESS, FEAR AND EMOTIONAL DAMAGE AS THE PAIN ITSELF"
Although there are many organizations using terms and names that imply they are dedicated to the well being of animals, they are in fact, simply moneymaking ventures. There will also be those individuals who use animal welfare organizations simply as a way of gaining employment or a means to pad their resumes. It is difficult to weed out those individuals and organizations from those who are sincere, genuine and congruent in their words and actions. It is after all the reason we need animal welfare groups in the first place, to protect animals from people. Our belief is that the policies presented here come from esteemed organizations and individuals who are courageous enough to speak out. Collectively they represent hundreds of years of experience and knowledge in the course of their service to the welfare of animals throughout the world. This is not about our differences this is about our commonalities. United we could be a movement that can make great change. We extend a deep thank you to everyone who has contributed.
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
...the use of shock interferes with and suppresses normal canine behavior...
Karen Overall ABS, ACVB
...shock collars are associated with short-term and long-term negative consequences including fear and anxiety... Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
...“we disagree with all shock devices”... Toronto Humane Society
...these collars are at minimum, painful, and in many cases, torturous... Kathy Sdao MA, ACAAB
...“we are completely opposed to shock training”...BCSPCA
...this is an archaic and ineffective way to train dogs... Janice Crook DVM
...“shock collars have no place in a civilised society”... The Kennel Club UK
The more gadgets and training apparatuses you need, the worse trainer you are…Anders Hallgren, Author; Psychologist & Animal Behaviorist
...disguising violence by labelling shock collars as training tools or by calling static charge devices is nothing short of endorsing animal cruelty... Soraya V. Juarbe-Diaz, DVM
...the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine never recommends the use of shock... Sharon Crowell-Davis DVM, PHD, DACVB
...a shock collar can dramatically worsen existing behavioral problems and create new problems... E. Kathryn Meyer, VMD
There is no place for electronic collars in training a dog or cat (yes, there are collars for cats)... Darlene Arden, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant
Can Shock Collars Burn?
by Jan Casey, MS, Dip CBST
"It has been claimed that the discharge from shock collars does not contain enough energy to cause a burn. I will concede that a properly-operating shock–collar should not cause burns. 'Should not' is not the same as 'can not." full article here
The Kennel Club UK, the oldest recognized kennel club in the world, believes shock collars have no place in a civilized society. They do not endorse the use of remote shock collars, shock leashes, anti-bark collars, electric fences or mats. The Kennel Club was instrumental in the Welsh government's recent ban of shock collars and is diligently campaigning for a similar ban in the UK. If you have relatives and friends in the UK, please ask them to get involved and support The Kennel Club's admirable efforts in this regard.
Click here to read more about THE KENNEL CLUB'S ELECTRIC SHOCK COLLAR CAMPAIGN
Differential diagnosis and management of human-directed aggression in dogs.
Ilana R Reisner, DVM, PhD
The author states, “Aversive tools such as electric stimulation (shock), prong, or training (choke) collars that require pulling and jerking to work, hitting and scolding can increase anxiety and therefore increase the risk of biting; in addition, they are likely to lead to treatment failure” full article here
The Science Speaks Volumes
To read more Studies and their conclusive analysis that the consequences of shock use causes both psychological and physical pain and suffering... click on STUDIES
Correct Usage for All E Training Collars
What we've done so far
Over the last 11 years we have worked diligently to stop the cruel and unnecessary use of shock collars for training and managing pets. To date, over 5,000 petition signatures have been presented to Canadian Parliament by four separate MP’s on four different occasions all requesting a national ban on shock collars. In 2016 we distributed hundreds of postcards that were addressed and mailed to dozens of individual MP’s signed by their own constituents in every Province asking for a ban on shock collars. In 2015 our petition to ban shock collars became the very first petition posted when the Government of Canada launched its official electronic petition site. A further 5,000 plus pet loving Canadian signed that petition. This was instrumental in accomplishing our aim of bringing awareness of this cause to 338 Members of Parliament and105 Senators. Burnaby MP Kennedy Stewart tabled a private members Bill C-615 on June 12, 2014 that would have defined the use of shock collars as abuse under the criminal code. Throughout the years world renowned animal experts & animal welfare groups have all contributed to the website BanShockCollars.ca. We extend our deep thanks to each and every one of them who have been courageous and caring enough to speak out.
As a civilized nation, we are accountable for those in our world that need protection.
Unfortunately, Canada’s cruelty laws enacted in 1892 are ineffective. They allow animal exploiters the loopholes they need to escape prosecution, allowing them to continue to hurt animals. How frustrating must this be for law enforcement and animal welfare groups working tirelessly to stop animal abuse? Afflicted animals have no escape. They must rely on us to relieve their suffering. Those causing their pain are relying on us to do nothing. Let’s disappoint them.