The ban on training collars for dogs and cats adopted by the National Assembly

A jack russell terrier wearing an anti-fuga electric collar, in May 2017.

They can be found at prices ranging from 50 to several hundred euros for sale in major pet or sporting goods stores. Spike, choke or electric collars… these so-called “training devices” sold to dog (and more rarely cats) owners who want to control their animal’s barking, prevent them from running away or pulling on the leash are factors of physical and mental suffering for the animal, and may soon be banned in France.

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On Monday evening, January 16, deputies voted almost unanimously (111 votes for, 5 against) a bill that prohibits the sale of these coercive tools and punishes their use with a fine of 750 euros. The text had received the approval of all the political groups in the National Assembly on 10 January in the Economy Committee. It was therefore in an atmosphere of harmony that this proposal was adopted at first reading. “modest but expected, responding to high demand from fellow citizens”according to the words of the rapporteur, the representative of the Renaissance for Haute-Garonne Corinne Vignon.

For meme Vignon, banning these collars is a matter of responsibility for dog owners as well as the professionals – educators and veterinarians – who work with them. “The problem with the collars is that they are sold over the counter and the master is not even aware that they are abuseargues the elected, appointed chairman of the “state and well-being of animals” study group at the assembly at the end of December 2022. However, the animal trained in pain and physical restraints is an animal that will have physical and mental problems and is more likely to bite. »

Every fifth dog has carried one of these devices

How widespread is the use of these collars? Sales figures are unknown, but a study conducted in France in 2018 suggested that one in five dogs has worn one in their lifetime. In an opinion issued in November 2022, the French Association of Companion Animal Veterinarians (Afvac) believes that “use of training collars has harmful consequences for the animal’s physical and mental health”, and “their use in teaching is not justified”. The association confirms that in almost 10% of cases these collars can cause physical lesions, such as burns with necrosis of the skin, that they can promote phobic, anxious or depressive states in animals and exacerbate certain behavioral problems.

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