SPCA New Zealand
Animal Advocacy

Position Statements

Electric Shock Collars

SPCA advocates for a ban on the production, importation, sale or use of electric shock collars due to the pain and distress they cause to animals.

Electric shock collars deliver an electric current, through contact points on the dog’s neck, which can cause pain and distress to the dog. These are used as an aversive training tool that enforces punishment in an attempt to make the dog perform desired behaviours. Electric collars can be voice (e.g. bark) activated, location activated, or human operated using handheld devices.

SPCA is also concerned that the use of electric shock collars is sometimes promoted for other animals, such as cats and horses.

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