We can TELL people how cruel shock collars can be,
but SEEING is believing.
Shock promoters continue to sell shock collars to anyone, for any reason. Many in the shock collar industry make ridiculous claims including 'electric shocks don't hurt,' 'shock collars are completely humane and safe' and 'shocking animals doesn't cause any physical, psychological or emotional harm'. It should be noted, aggression in animals and sudden changes in temperament are often signs of pain. Collateral damage can occur as a result of pain-induced aggression from the use of electric shocks.
Shock promoters market these products to the naive, frustrated and the compassionately challenged pet owner looking for a quick easy fix. As with many seeking economic gain, it is greed that drives these people to tell untruths. Routinely, shock pushers engage in semantics when claiming their products aren't capable of 'burning' a dogs skin, but if used improperly, simply cause inconsequential 'friction sores'. Medically, burns are defined as 'injury to tissue caused by contact with heat, flame, chemicals, electricity or radiation'. Burns result in redness, swelling, open sores, necrosis, lesions, pain and depending on the depth and severity of the wound, infection, fever and shock. Name the injuries what you like, burns or not, they are nasty traumatic injuries often causing the inflicted animal intense suffering.
To each of us, our good health is imperative for a good life. For anyone to recklessly cause injury to any body, mind or soul is deplorable.
CAN SHOCK-COLLARS BURN?
By Jan Casey, MS, Dip CBST
First published in Barks from The Guild, the official publication of The Pet Professional Guild, The Association for Force Free Pet Professionals
Professional dog trainers can be a contentious lot. Our methods fall on a continuum; from positive with no use of corrections to painful and physically damaging. We argue as to whose methods are most effective or quickest at achieving results or most psychologically sound for the dog. I suggest there is no topic more divisive nor more hotly debated than the shock collar, often referred to as an e-collar or remote collar.
The arguments both pro and con regarding shock collars are endless. The latest battle in the war revolves around the claim that shock collars cannot cause a burn to the animal wearing it. "Shock collars are not capable of causing burns because there simply isn't the voltage required to generate the joules necessary for combustion." It's a pretty grandiose statement involving technical terms from which many of us will shy away.
Those of us who question that claim do so because of anecdotal evidence to the contrary from a variety of sources. Full article here
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