Dog collars with teeth that use ‘pain as punishment’ to be banned in Queensland

Dog collars with teeth are banned in Queensland as part of legislation proposed by the state government to address animal cruelty.

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

“We are passing legislation to tackle the inhumane treatment of animals in Queensland,” the Prime Minister said in her post.

Dog collars with teeth like this one will be banned under the proposed legislation to be discussed in the Queensland Parliament this week.
Dog collars with teeth like this one will be banned under the proposed legislation to be discussed in the Queensland Parliament this week. (RSPCA)

That also includes a ban on the use and possession of dog collars with teeth like this one, she said, citing a photo of one of the collars.

“We know that the majority of Queenslanders are in favor of tougher penalties and regulations against animal cruelty.”

Pin collars are illegal to import into Australia, but have so far only been banned for use in Victoria.

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

The pin collars are illegal to import into Australia but are only allowed to be used in Victoria so far.
The pin collars are illegal to import into Australia but are only allowed to be used in Victoria so far. (RSPCA)

“RSPCA Australia opposes the use of pin collars for dogs because of the potential risk of injury, pain and suffering they cause and because other more humane training methods are available,” the organization said on its website.

The proposed legislation comes after Palaszczuk’s government launched a 2020 revision of animal assessment laws, which has attracted thousands of submissions from the public.

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