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Electronic shock collars are an outdated and inhumane method of animal training.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


Aug 16, 2018 shiping zhang
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 Tiia Pitkänen
Aug 15, 2018 Nichole Canino Mellerke
Aug 15, 2018 Brenda Smith
Aug 14, 2018 Kathleen Vadnais
Aug 14, 2018 Sharon Cohen
Aug 14, 2018 BERNADETTE MEIER
Aug 13, 2018 Virgil Pauls
Aug 13, 2018 Diane German
Aug 13, 2018 Deborah Searles
Aug 13, 2018 David Sickles
Aug 11, 2018 Tony Camuti
Aug 11, 2018 Marlena Lovewell
Aug 10, 2018 BARBARA CONSOLO
Aug 10, 2018 Victoria Powers
Aug 7, 2018 Carla Miranda
Aug 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2018 deborah vandamme
Aug 4, 2018 Linda Rankl
Aug 3, 2018 Janet Roberts
Aug 3, 2018 Anne Romanow
Aug 2, 2018 Isabel Figueiras
Aug 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2018 carmen bronse
Aug 1, 2018 Laurent Belotti
Jul 31, 2018 Ananya Boonyarattaphun
Jul 31, 2018 Priscilla Lai
Jul 31, 2018 Yanky Ng
Jul 31, 2018 Barbara Mintz
Jul 31, 2018 Julia Villafuerte
Jul 31, 2018 Luiza Rangel
Jul 31, 2018 Thomas Rangel
Jul 31, 2018 Kiku Rangel
Jul 31, 2018 Georgina Rangel
Jul 31, 2018 Ludwig Rangel
Jul 31, 2018 Jay Elias This barbaric practice must cease immediately.
Jul 31, 2018 Tamala Atkinson
Jul 31, 2018 Jim Coleman
Jul 31, 2018 PAT RUCH Why would anyone use a shock collar on their pet? No one would use such a device to train their child !!!
Jul 31, 2018 Patricia Ruch Why would anyone want to inflict pain on their pet..??? Would anyone use such a method on their child?
Jul 31, 2018 Deborah Kerns
Jul 31, 2018 Sandra Harris I'm signing because I've heard about this issue previously and it just sounds rather inhumane. Anything that changes an animals' behavior to agressive, causes burns, etc. can't be a good thing! Please ban shock collars. Thank you!
Jul 31, 2018 Vickie Mowry
Jul 31, 2018 Joseph Marsicano
Jul 31, 2018 Scott McGlashan
Jul 31, 2018 G. G. Johnson
Jul 31, 2018 Karen Napper
Jul 31, 2018 Sharyn Wax
Jul 31, 2018 Susan E G Scott Shock collars are too cruel to have EVER been used!

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