More dog news - electric shock collars banned in Wales
Britain’s streets could soon be overrun by an army of ill-disciplined barking dogs thanks to crazy new Welsh legislation that may sweep the rest of the nation.
Or at least that’s what we’d be saying if we were the Daily Mail. But we’re not. So instead we’ll just calmly report that Wales has become the first part of the UK to ban the use of electrified pet collars that are used to train unruly cats and dogs, blasting them with a burst of electricity whenever they act the goat.
From midnight last night, anyone in Wales caught using one of the collars faces a fine of up to £20,000 or six months in prison. Presumably it is still legal to use them on consenting humans as part of a warped yankee doodle-related game.
The Electronic Collar Manufacturers' Association said that the ban was long overdue and that they were looking forward to disbanding and throwing themselves and their members on the unemployment scrapheap.
Of course they didn’t – they said that they feared the ban could lead to an influx of unmanageable pets into dog shelters. Which is probably a bit extreme. It IS still legal to cook dogs isn’t it?