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Pronged Dog Collars To Be Banned in Australia

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Pronged Dog Collars To Be Banned in Australia

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The Queensland government is preparing to ban pronged dog collars as part of their Animal Care and Protection Act.

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The Australian state government has announced the move as they attempt to give out harsher punishments for cases of animal abuse.

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The state’s Animal Care and Protection Act is undergoing modifications, to ensure animal cruelty is targeted head-on, with those suspected of abuse, facing stricter penalties for their actions.

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The controversial collars, which are facing a ban, are used as a punishment when dogs pull on the lead. As it tightens, the metal prongs dig into the neck, something which the RSPCA has advised against.

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Animal inspectors are also reportedly going to be given more power, meaning they can issue fines to those using the collars and other circumstances where animal abuse is recorded.

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk took to social media on Sunday to share the ban and why they’re hoping to pass the new legislation…

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

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

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“That’s why this week we’ll be debating animal welfare laws in the Queensland Parliament – an issue close to the hearts of so many Queenslanders,” she concluded.

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Mark Furner, the agriculture minister, confirmed their new move during a press conference the same day.

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He explained: “Today we’re talking about changes to the use and possession of pronged collars on dogs, so they’ll be banned. A very inhumane practice in the way you can train dogs,” he announced.

Hopefully, this is the start of stricter animal welfare laws!

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