Proposed ban on the sale of electric dog collars in the state

Congresswoman Linda Rosenthal, Democrat of New York, is shown far right during a press conference urging Governor Kathy Hochul to sign legislation banning puppy mills in New York State. Rosenthal also introduced legislation banning the sale of electric dog collars in New York State. picture sent

Electric dog collars will soon be a thing of the past in New York State.

Congresswoman Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat from New York, introduced A.10700 to ban the sale of the devices. Shock collars send an electric current through the contact points of the collar to the dog’s neck in an effort to curb excessive barking, jumping or other unwanted behavior.

Rosenthal pointed out that other countries have already banned shock collars, including Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany.

“This legislation would make New York State the first in the country to ban the sale of electric shock dog collars,” Rosenthal wrote in his legislative memorandum.

Petco stopped selling electric collars both in its stores and online in 2020, the first major pet supply chain to do so. According to CNN Business, the collars accounted for approximately $10 million in annual sales for Petco.

The company cited a 2020 survey by Edelman Intelligence that showed pet owners’ growing concerns with electric collars, including 70% of dog owners who said they felt electric collars had a negative impact on the emotional or mental well-being of your pets. Another 69% of dog owners considered shock collars a cruel training method, while 71% of dog owners said there should be retail limitations on shock collars to avoid human error or abuse. More than half of respondents (51%) said shock collars should only be used by professionally trained dog trainers.

“Electricity may be essential to powering your microwave, but it has no role for the average parent training their dog,” Petco CEO Ron Coughlin said when announcing the company’s decision. “Electric collars have been shown to increase fear, anxiety and stress in dogs, and we believe there is a better way: positive reinforcement training. As a health and wellness company, our mission is to improve the lives of pets and we believe selling electric collars does the opposite. It is our responsibility to ensure that we and others do not put potentially harmful products into the wrong hands. »

Rosenthal is also lobbying Governor Kathy Hochul to sign a law (A.4823/S.1130) banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores statewide. The legislation, once in effect, will ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits, and instead allow them to have space available to display animals available for adoption. There are about 60 pet stores selling live animals in New York, and 20 more have closed in the past two years.

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