Electric shock collars for cats and dogs will be banned in England, the government has announced.
The training devices deliver up to 6,000 volts of electricity or spray noxious chemicals to control animals' behaviour.
Environment secretary Michael Gove said this causes unacceptable "harm and suffering".
Wales and Scotland have already taken steps to prevent the use of electric collars.
Animal charities, many of which had campaigned for the change in the law, welcomed the move.
A survey by the RSPCA found that 5% of dog owners reported using shock collars, suggesting that hundreds of thousands of animals would be affected by the ban.
While it supported a ban, the RSPCA criticised the decision to continue to allow electric containment fences.
A spokeswoman said: "In modern day society there is no excuse or need for the use of devices which can compromise cat and dog welfare, especially when humane and viable alternatives to training and containing dogs and cats are available."
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