Pronged dog collars which use ‘pain as punishment’ to be banned in Queensland

Pronged dog collars are set to be banned in Queensland as part of legislation being proposed by the State Government to crack down on animal cruelty.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement in a Facebook post on Sunday, saying the animal welfare laws would be debated in parliament this week.

“We’re passing legislation to crack down on the inhumane treatment of animals in Queensland,” the premier said in her post.

Pronged dog collars such as this are set to be banned under proposed legislation to be debated in Queensland parliament this week. (RSPCA)

“That includes banning the use and possession of pronged dog collars like this one, she said, referring to a photo of one of the collars.

“We know the majority of Queenslanders support tougher penalties and regulations against cruelty to animals.”

Pronged collars are illegal to import into Australia but are so far only banned for use in Victoria. 

The RSPCA says on its website the collars are used to “correct” dogs by “inflicting pain as punishment”.

The pronged collars are illegal to import into Australia, but so far only banned from use in Victoria.
The pronged collars are illegal to import into Australia, but so far only banned from use in Victoria. (RSPCA)

“RSPCA Australia is opposed to the use of dog pronged collars due to the potential risk of injury, pain and suffering they cause and because other more humane training methods are available,” the organisation said on its website.

The proposed legislation comes after the Palaszczuk Government conducted a review of animal review laws beginning in 2020, which attracted thousands of submissions from the public.

Reference-www.9news.com.au

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