Dogs Trust

Animal charity officials discuss canine legislation with Christina McKelvie MSP at Scottish Parliament Event


Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, visited the Scottish Parliament last week (Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September) and met with Christina McKelvie MSP to discuss their Dog Manifesto and priority animal welfare issues.  

The Scottish Government has recently consulted on the sale and use of electronic training aids. Dogs Trust is deeply concerned about their use, a notion the Scottish public support, with 77% of those polled by YouGov supporting a ban. 

Dogs Trust Head of Public Affairs, Claire Calder explains: “We were delighted to visit the Scottish Parliament last week and meet with Christina to discuss our 2016 Dog Manifesto. At the top of our agenda is the currently unregulated use of electronic training devices.

“We are calling on MSPs to back our calls for a full ban on the sale and use of static pulse, spray and sonic collars. We are working to ensure the welfare of all dogs and are grateful for the support we have received from across the political spectrum for these issues.”

Christina McKelvie MSP said: “I am proud to support Dogs Trust in raising awareness of the welfare issues that electronic shock collars and other aversive training devices can cause to dogs.

“Such devices use pain or fear to train dogs and, like Dogs Trust, I believe this hugely affects the well-being of our canine best friends.

“The charity’s rehoming centres in Scotland only use reward-based training. This is the approach I want to see guaranteed for all dogs across Scotland to ensure their welfare.

“Pain and suffering are no way to treat any animal, so I fully endorse any progressive action to prevent the sale of these cruel devices.

To read Dogs Trust’s Scottish Manifesto visit: