There are humane ways to train dogs that don’t involve force or pain for your furry pal. Then there are aversive methods, like using electric shock collars that send an electric jolt to the dog (controlled by the trainer with a remote control) whenever Spot misbehaves. Advocates against electric shock collars (or e-collars) say this not only causes pain for the poor pooch, it also sparks fear, distress and anxiety.
Unfortunately, e-collars are still being used in Singapore. They have been banned in many countries such as Germany and Switzerland.
Which is why three athletes in Singapore put on shock collars on themselves recently for an SPCA video to call for the ban of e-collars here. This is part of SPCA’s Teach with Kindness movement to promote humane, force-free training methods in Singapore.
“The film demonstrates how much pain a shock collar can cause and why it should never be used as part of modern day animal training,” says SPCA executive director Jaipal Singh Gill. “These top athletes endured the shocks to raise awareness of this important issue so that animals could be spared the pain. We thank them for their sacrifice.”
In the video titled ‘SPCA Presents: Tough People vs Shock Collar’, the athletes put on a 4,500 volt e-collar on their arms to feel the pain it inflicts on the animals for themselves.
Among them is Taufiq, Singapore’s Strongest Man winner and champion stone lifter (he’s so strong, he’s even flipped a car before — for a competition, we presume). The other athletes are Efasha, Singapore’s first female boxing gold medallist, and Jon Kelly, a Spartan Elite Championship competitor.
The two-minute vid starts off with these tough humans talking about their sport, which you can imagine involves a lot of physical training and mental endurance. The e-collars are then strapped on, the zaps are fired and their reactions are shown — in super slow-mo, no less. There’s lots of wincing. Mucles are clenched. People grimace in agony. It’s not pretty, but it shows the genuine pain.
Want to show support for SPCA’s call to ban electric shock collars in Singapore? Nope, you don’t have to wear one yourself like these athletes did. Instead, sign SPCA’s pledge to choose force-free animal training methods at www.teachwithkindness.spca.org.sg or spread the word on social media using the #teachwithkindness hashtag.
Watch the video here.
Photos: SPCA Singapore, screenshots