The RSPCA has expressed its concern a couple of rise within the importation of pronged canine collars, with the Australian Border Pressure saying at the moment a seven-fold improve within the variety of these merciless units detected on the border.
The metallic collars (pictured) include a number of protruding spikes and are designed to use intense strain and pinch a canine’s neck as a type of punishment-based coaching. The collars are unlawful to import into Australia however not unlawful to make use of on canine (besides in Victoria).
RSPCA Australia Senior Scientific Officer Dr Di Evans stated that pronged collars have been dangerous to canine however sadly, whereas they have been unlawful to import, they have been nonetheless arriving on the border.
“It’s worrying to see these inhumane collars are nonetheless being imported to be used within the Australian neighborhood,” stated Dr Evans. “The RSPCA opposes the usage of pronged collars due to the direct ache and struggling they trigger to canine and the long-term affect of utilizing punishment as a coaching technique.
“We urge all members of the neighborhood to not purchase or use them. Neighborhood strain has been efficient in lowering the net sale of those collars, however sadly, these statistics present they’re nonetheless on the market.
“Many dangers are related to one of these punishment-based coaching, together with aggression, fearfulness, anxiousness, diminished studying and eroding the animal-human bond. Pronged collars may trigger bodily harm to a canine’s windpipe and nerves, bruising of sentimental tissues, and in some instances have even punctured the pores and skin.
“There are rather more humane and efficient coaching strategies for canine, which is why we assist reward-based coaching – the place canine are set as much as succeed after which rewarded for performing the ‘good’ behaviours.
“Along with the import ban, we’ve been strongly advocating for a few years for different states and territories to comply with Victoria’s lead by prohibiting the usage of pronged collars beneath animal welfare.