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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Electronic shock collars are an outdated and inhumane method of animal training.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


Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 18, 2018 Leslie Vanlessen
Jun 16, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 16, 2018 Patricia Dangle
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 10, 2018 JULIE ROBERTS
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 8, 2018 Kathy Dorr
Jun 8, 2018 Stephanie Selznick
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Thompson
Jun 8, 2018 Myriam ROBERT
Jun 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 Donna Arnold
Jun 7, 2018 rick morales
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 3, 2018 Larissa Agahi The use of shock collars is absolutely barbaric and inhumane and should be outlawed.
Jun 3, 2018 Millamaria Vaittinen
Jun 2, 2018 ELIZABETH SAPPINGTON
Jun 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 2, 2018 Gilberto Simao
May 31, 2018 Pauline Desilets
May 30, 2018 Eleni Panagiotidou I would like to see those who created it and those who bought and support the use of it to wear it for a day and see how well will they feel being electrocuted.... please be reasonable and ban this atrocity... please. we live in the 21st century...
May 30, 2018 Randel Miranda
May 30, 2018 Brandi Shelby
May 30, 2018 marie blanche brabant
May 29, 2018 Lorraine Glenn
May 29, 2018 BOUR Claire
May 29, 2018 Clément Bour
May 28, 2018 Nancy Daniel
May 28, 2018 Flavia Mensen
May 28, 2018 madeleine dao
May 27, 2018 G. Tompkins
May 27, 2018 Julie Wild
May 27, 2018 Virginia Ilardi
May 27, 2018 Lynn Ronconi
May 27, 2018 Sheila Parks
May 27, 2018 Karen Rubino
May 27, 2018 Rita McClory didn't they use to shock mentally I'll people in the 60's? Why aren't they doing that anymore? Oh that's right. People can talk.
May 27, 2018 claudia citton
May 27, 2018 Karen Moore
May 27, 2018 Susan Faulkner
May 27, 2018 Sue Cugini
May 27, 2018 C Friedrich
May 27, 2018 josilda josilda
May 27, 2018 Holly Putman
May 27, 2018 Cheryl Martin
May 27, 2018 Angie Moore
May 27, 2018 Virginia Bohner

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