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Consultation on potential controls or prohibition of electronic training aids

Published: 14 Sep 2016
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Consultation analysis on electronic training aids for pets, dogs and cats.

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Consultation on potential controls or prohibition of electronic training aids
Annex 3

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Annex 3

Published references cited in consultation responses

The references below have been cited by respondents within their further comments. The substantial majority were cited by respondents broadly opposed to the use of electronic training aids (at Question 1 and elsewhere). The formal evidence sources cited as supporting the case for electronic training aids were the DEFRA commissioned reports Cooper et al, 2013.

If a partial reference was provided (for example a surname and date only) the research team have sought to provide a full reference. A degree of judgment may have had to be used in deciding the document or evidence source to which respondent(s) were referring. If this was the case, references have been marked with an asterisk (*).

Please note that, in addition to published references of the type listed below, a number of respondents referred to a range of other, primarily web-based, materials. These included information and videos on animal trainer websites, other material posted on video sharing websites or written material provided by various organisations, including campaign groups.

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