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Shock collar ban remains in Wales
dog wearing a shock collar
The review concluded that the scope for misuse of shock collars is too great.
Animal welfare concerns 'outweigh the benefits'

The Welsh ban on electric shock collars and fences will remain in place after a review found the benefits are outweighed by animal welfare concerns.

Under the 2010 ban, the use of any collar capable of administering an electric shock to cats and dogs is prohibited. This includes anti-bark collars, those operated by remote controls and those used in conjunction with electric fencing systems.

A recent review by veterinary surgeon Dr Ruth Lysons examined the latest scientific evidence on the animal welfare implications of these products. It concluded that any training benefits are outweighed by the cost to animal welfare, as the devices may cause pain and effective alternatives are available. The scope for their misuse is also too high.

Dr Lysons considered the benefits of electronic fencing systems, as there have been requests to legalise these to help prevent cats being involved in road traffic accidents. While there are limited alternatives for confining cats, there are clear welfare concerns about the use of fences and little scientific evidence to assess their use and benefits.

The welfare cost of anti-bark collars was also found to exceed the benefits of controlling excessive barking, given the limited efficacy of these collars and readily available alternatives.

Welsh deputy minister for farming and food, Rebecca Evans, said that based on this advice she is content to keep the ban in place.

The news was welcomed by the RSPCA, who called for similar legislation to be introduced in England. Wales is currently the only nation in the UK to ban the use of these devices.

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Webinar to focus on equine worm control

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 Vets, veterinary nurses and RAMAs are being invited to join a free CPD webinar on late winter and early spring equine worm control.

Hosted by Zoetis vet Dr Wendy Talbot, the webinar aims to help prescribers understand which parasites are of most concern at this time of year. It will also cover how to assess parasite risk, selecting a suitable wormer and spring wormer plans, concluding with a Q&A session.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, 18 March at 10 am and will be repeated at 7 pm for those unable to listen during the day. To book the 10 am webinar, click here, and to register for the 7 pm webinar, click here

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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