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23.01.2014 - Response to a call for a ban of electronic collars Angela Critchley, spokesperson, ECMA (Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association) comments:
The Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association™ (ECMA) is committed to helping pet owners care and take responsibility for all dogs – not just the good ones. We believe that by utilising high quality, safe products owners can ensure that their dog’s behaviour is socially acceptable and consistent with the Animal Welfare Act and wider public safety responsibilities.

Statements suggesting that electronic training products cause pain and distress to animals demonstrate a lack of awareness regarding animal welfare science, law, and the range of electronic training products available - their use and practical everyday value.

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22.11.2013 - Scottish government opposes ban of electronic collars In response to parliamentary questions concerning the use and a possible ban of electronic collars, Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment at the Scottish Parliament expressed the government’s stance on electronic collars: The latest Defra-funded research into the effect of electronic shock collars found no evidence of long-term or significant harm to dog welfare. Based on this evidence the Scottish Government do not believe that there are sufficient grounds for a ban.

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24.07.2013 - Statement by Angela Critchley, spokesperson, ECMA Defra has approached the Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association™ (ECMA) to ensure that its members’ products continue to be manufactured to set standards and to further educate users on how to operate the training products responsibly. ECMA members have signed up to a robust code of practice where all products meet the latest technical requirements and provide user guides with consistent instructions to improve the quality of lives of dogs while protecting animal welfare.

31.01.2013 - ECMA comments on Electronic Training Collars Study results A study describing the characteristics of electronic training collars for dogs was published in scientific journal, The Veterinary Record, 13 January, 2013. The authors of this paper are those appointed by Defra to undertake various points of the Defra AW1402 experiment titled ‘Effect of pet training aids, specifically remote static pulse systems, on the welfare of domestic dogs’.

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16.10.2012 - The Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association (ECMA) – background information The Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association™ (ECMA) is a European organisation that was created in March 2004 to self regulate the industry. The ECMA has developed a reputation as a respected authority in the electronic collar sector and actively engages with a number of European and national organisations to inform them about the ECMA, its objectives and beliefs. These organisations include; regulators, researchers, manufacturers, governmental bodies, industry media, veterinary and animal welfare groups.

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10.09.2012 - ECMA welcomes Companion Animal Welfare Council Report Following the publication of Companion Animal Welfare Council’s (CAWC) report on electronic collars today, Lord Duncan McNair, National Spokesperson in the UK for the ECMA (The Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association) comments.

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27.01.2011 - Global Pet Forum, ECMA member associations attend the recent 12th edition of the Global Pet Forum in Barcelona, Spain.

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26.01.2011 - From the Court of Voghera regarding the use of e-collars.

The Judge Dr. De Socio, Attorney General of the Court of Voghera, found it appropriate to record the case also on the basis of the statement of defence that was submitted
during the investigation. This stated that “A possible abusive use of the bark collar could not be proved neither on the grounds of training the dog nor cruelty as these collars usually have a system that allows you to adjust the level of stimulation that avoid (if used correctly) sufferings and pains to the dog.

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30 November 2010 - The Welsh Assembly Government took the decision earlier this year to introduce a new law to ban outright the use of electronic training collars for dogs and cats in Wales.  The Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association (ECMA) and PetSafe Ltd applied to have a judicial review of the regulation believing it to be wrong in light of the available scientific information. (Read more)


16 November 2010 - The ECMA would like to announce that permission was granted to apply for a judicial review of the Welsh electronic collar regulations 2010. However, today the regulations were upheld by the Royal Courts of Justice.

Following the introduction of the regulations in March 2010, the Welsh Ministers made it clear that they would monitor any new evidence relating to electronic training collars. The ECMA intends to make them aware of new scientific evidence as it become available.

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08 April 2010 - ECMA is pleased to announce that the ruling on the use of electric collar devices  was published in the Journal legal “Corriere del merito” number 4  2010, with a positive result for E-collar owners in Italy.


24 March 2010 - ECMA is very disappointed that the Welsh Assembly Members yesterday approved the Animal Welfare (Electronic Collars) (Wales) Regulations 2010 banning the use of Electronic Collars in Wales.  

ECMA believes this decision and the regulations are seriously flawed as they ignore significant scientific evidence which establishes the considerable benefits of using the collars as experienced by around 500,000 collar owners in the U.K.  The result will be that more dogs will die; more dogs will have to be re-homed and more owners will have to be distressed at having to give up their pets.  Pet owners in Wales are now worse off than those in other parts of the UK.

Accordingly, solicitors for ECMA have today formally requested an urgent reconsideration and reversal of the implementation of this decision by the Welsh Ministers.  If that request is not complied with imminently, ECMA will seek Judicial Review of this decision in the High Court.


What is ECMA?

ECMA was created in March 2004 as a result of increasing awareness from different manufacturers concerning the necessity of regulating their industry.

Members of this association have a continuous concern to improve the wellbeing of our pets, giving them harmony and integrating them into everyday social live.

This association brings together the principal manufacturers of low output electronic training aids, i.e.: DOGTRA, MARTIN SYSTEM, NUM’AXES, RADIO SYSTEMS CORPORATION.

The association will also expand to include manufacturers of other electronic training products such as pet tracking and pet identification devices.

ECMA Press release on situation in Wales. EN - FR - DE
ECMA Press release on situation in Scotland. EN -FR - DE

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