Gareth Wyn Jones calls for reversal of Wales’ electric dog collar ban
Celebrity farmer Gareth Wyn Jones has called for Wals’ ban on electric dog collars to be scrapped.
In 2010, Wales became the first UK region to outlaw the use of electric collars, with Scotland following suit in 2018.
Some Welsh Conservatives have already been vocal in their opposition to the ban, with former Welsh Secretary David Jones saying that new data made clear that the “ban has failed and, paradoxically, is leading to many animal deaths”.
In comments made to the Telegraph, Gareth Wyn Jones supported that viewpoint, saying that “you have to be cruel to be kind” and that a collar stopping a dog from chasing livestock was better than having to put a dog down after it had killed a sheep.
His comments come after the NFU released data showing that Welsh farmers suffered £306,068 in losses from dog attacks last year compared with £68,408 in Scotland.
The Welsh Government however have said that they have no plans to review the position, saying that e-collars “cause pain”.
Gareth Wyn Jones however said: “The Government is banning things because they believe that it is cruel, but what is crueller? For a sheep to be ripped to pieces or for a dog to have a little electric shock which is less than they get from a fence?
“These collars are a deterrent. You don’t have to be clever to understand that proper training can save lives – sheep lives, dogs’ lives, or even people’s lives as owners get into serious problems and we have seen people trampled when they have a dog that is chasing livestock.”
He added: “The Government has to go back and look at the evidence, they have to listen to the people on the ground.”
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