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Sign this petition to tell the House Committee on Agriculture, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and USDA Animal Care to amend the Animal Welfare Act to ban shock collars nation-wide.

Burn marks, behavioral issues, and unwarranted aggression aren't highly sought after traits in a dog, but they've all been linked to the inhumane use of shock collars in training.

While once a popular option for pet owners, now at least 79 percent of the public agrees that positive reinforcement training methods are preferable over shock collars [1]. The collars have been outlawed in several countries, and by organizations who have acknowledged their harmful effects.

More than just physical pain, shock collars deliver a jolt of electricity strong enough to burn fur and skin, and seriously disorient a dog. After being shocked repeatedly, the dog may even begin to feel unsafe, and live in a constant state of fear [2].

Using force to stem fearful reactions will make the animal even more fearful while training them to suppress their outward signs of fear. The next time the animal finds itself anxious or fearful, it may react aggressively, and without warning. Shock collar training can actually make animals more dangerous. [3].

The number of organizations who accept that electronic shock collars are cruel and inhumane is growing. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the American Animal Hospital Association, the Humane Society of the United States, and the UK Kennel Club have all put out policy statements against the use of electronic collars.

Meanwhile, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has banned the use of such collars on their canine police teams. And, they've been banned in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Germany, Wales, Quebec, and parts of Australia [1].

It's time to stand up for the animals, and ban the use of electronic shock collars throughout the United States.

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Dear House Committee on Agriculture, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and USDA Animal Care,

Electronic shock collars are an outdated and inhumane method of animal training. The federal government needs to acknowledge that fact, and ban their use in the United States.

At least 79 percent of the public agrees that positive reinforcement training methods are preferable over shock collars, which have been outlawed in several countries, and banned by the Association of Chief Police Officers for use in K9 training.

More than just physical pain, shock collars deliver a jolt of electricity strong enough to burn fur and skin, and seriously disorient a dog. After being shocked repeatedly, the dog may even begin to feel unsafe, and live in a constant state of fear.

Top veterinary doctors maintain that the use of forceful methods like electronic shocks will lead them to suppress or mask their outward signs of fear, suddenly acting with heightened aggression and with fewer warning signs when feeling threatened. Shock collar training can actually make animals more dangerous.

It's clear that these devices have no place in animal training, and I demand you ban their use in the United States immediately.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 16, 2018 Attila Teberoglu
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Julia Russo
Jan 14, 2018 Doreen Mapes
Jan 14, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 13, 2018 Nina Hamilton
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 12, 2018 Anuj Sen
Jan 11, 2018 Beth Johnson
Jan 11, 2018 Dianna Gilmore
Jan 11, 2018 Debrah Ranieri-Smith We need to respect God's creation and take care of them.
Jan 11, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2018 Mari Dominguez
Jan 11, 2018 Mari Dominguez
Jan 11, 2018 Linda Petty
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2018 Randall Bash
Jan 10, 2018 Diane Jacoby
Jan 10, 2018 Kathryn Pettus
Jan 10, 2018 Leticia Leon
Jan 10, 2018 Dianna Wallace
Jan 10, 2018 Meitra Bozorgzadegan
Jan 10, 2018 Carol Lutz
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2018 Cynthia Moore
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed) Our fur babies deserve so much..a shock collar isnt something that our babies should endure
Jan 10, 2018 KENDRA HUTTON
Jan 10, 2018 Linda Gioia
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed) should have other options than this
Jan 10, 2018 Camilla Preece Not right
Jan 10, 2018 Regina Matarazzo
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed) Shock collars are cruel. They need to be banned!
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2018 Elizabeth Waltz
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2018 Wilma Anderson
Jan 10, 2018 Susan Levine
Jan 10, 2018 wendy leja they are dangerous and not safe. inflicting pain on an animal is not helpful.
Jan 10, 2018 Amelia Reyesprot Protect Our Furry Babies.
Jan 10, 2018 Marilyn Graziano
Jan 10, 2018 Imelda Gonzalez
Jan 10, 2018 Kathleen Thiel This is NO way to train animals. Shame on those who use them!
Jan 10, 2018 Judith Antonini
Jan 10, 2018 wanda legler
Jan 10, 2018 MICHELE K Angotti
Jan 10, 2018 Kathy Kaufman This is a stupid petition it should never be a petition shock collars can be used for good we have invisible fence and have it on our fur babies and we put it on our self first it has adjustable settings and it's not used for cruelty so whoever started th

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