Electric shock collars for pets to be banned in England
Electric shock collars for pets are to be banned in England.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the "punitive" collars "cause harm and suffering to our pets".
They are already banned in Wales and Scotland is also moving towards outlawing them.
The collars can be used to modify certain behaviours in animals, such as excessive barking, or straying beyond the boundaries of a property.
The pet's owner can administer a small electric shock via the collar when unwanted behaviour occurs.
Mr Gove said: "We are a nation of animal lovers and the use of punitive shock collars cause harm and suffering to our pets.
"This ban will improve the welfare of animals and I urge pet owners to instead use positive reward training methods."