Netherlands to Ban Use of Shock Collars


The Netherlands will ban the use of shock collars or electronic collars (e-collars) on dogs from, strongly supported by Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality announced, according to a RTL Nieuws and the Telegraaf report.  The collar ban applies to individual dog owners as well as qualified dog trainers. Those who still use the e-collars after July 2020 will risk a fine of up to 20 thousand euros, or a maximum prison sentence of three years.

Shock collars are also banned in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Germany, Wales, and in Quebec, Canada and parts of Australia.

According to the report, The Netherlands Minister Schouten is also tackling abuses in the breeding of so-called “designer cats.”

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