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Electronic shock collars are an outdated and inhumane method of animal training.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


May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 eileen bosch
May 22, 2018 Krystal Burroughs
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Lizette Fisher
May 21, 2018 jen plishka
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 Marsha Brink
May 20, 2018 Melissa Lewis
May 20, 2018 F Bean
May 20, 2018 Gerard Traub
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
May 19, 2018 Reidun Carstens
May 19, 2018 Marilyn Stern-Olshan
May 19, 2018 Teresa Barquet
May 19, 2018 Harella Mishol
May 18, 2018 Claudia Frosch
May 18, 2018 Kirki Coleman
May 18, 2018 Barb Breese
May 18, 2018 Mani S
May 18, 2018 Margery Hughes
May 18, 2018 Janet Martucci
May 18, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 18, 2018 Mary Kay Siegel
May 18, 2018 Wayne Brummer
May 18, 2018 Doradean Correia
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Maria Ann Correale Ban these cruel and inhumane dog collars Now
May 18, 2018 Amy Smardz
May 18, 2018 Brian Gottejman
May 18, 2018 Lynn Walker
May 18, 2018 Pam Steele
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 Linda Albright
May 18, 2018 TJ Goldfeder
May 17, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
May 17, 2018 Megan Burkholder
May 17, 2018 Sylvia Mills “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
May 16, 2018 Penny Duke
May 16, 2018 Kim Johnson
May 16, 2018 Jill Nightingale
May 16, 2018 jocelyne coenart
May 16, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
May 16, 2018 Carol McMahon
May 16, 2018 Kiantha Shadduck
May 15, 2018 Madelyn McCaul
May 15, 2018 Michelle Perfetta put the shock collar on yourself first !!! you wont put it on your pets. there is no reason for shock collars !!
May 15, 2018 Kimberly Carignan
May 15, 2018 Susan Fleming

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