The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has expressed its concern at the Welsh Assembly’s decision to go ahead with the proposed ban on electronic dog collars as it believes it may lead to more dogs being put down.
Director of BASC Wales, Glynn Cook, said: "Electronic training devices are very rarely, if ever, the first port of call for those training dogs. Reward based training systems are the norm in the gundog world, with very few resorting to such devices. However, this does not mean that such devices should not be available to those who need them as a technique of last resort.”
BASC believes that using electronic training devices on dogs with serious behavioural problems can work as a last resort and could prevent dogs being put down.