RSPCA backs shock collar ban

The RSPCA has joined calls by some south-east MPs to ban electric "shock collars", used for training dogs and cats.

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MPs call for animal "shock collar" ban

Campaigners for animal rights in the south east are tonight backing calls to ban electric shock collars, used to train dogs and even cats. The devices, which are freely on sale, are said to cause pain, fear and distress to the animals instead of rewarding them for good behaviour.

But the people who make, sell and use the collars say they're a valuable training aid that can help to control dogs when they're distracted or at a distance from the owner.

David Johns has been looking at the pros and cons, speaking to the RSPCA's Sam Gaines, and's Charlie Jacoby.

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