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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19653: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 29 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether the use of electric shock collars is permitted under any circumstances, following the introduction of its new Guidance on Dog Training Aids.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 7 November 2018

The use of electronic training aids is not prohibited; however the Guidance makes it clear that causing unnecessary suffering through their inappropriate use may be, depending upon the circumstances of the case, an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 if the user knew or ought to have known that the action would cause unnecessary suffering.