I am horrified by the increasing incidents of dog attacks on farm animals and believe more must be done to tackle this scourge on our countryside.
NFU Mutual estimate that the cost of dog attacks has risen by over 10% in 2020 across the UK to £1.3m however, the real cost of these attacks is unquantifiable. Dog attacks cause unbearable suffering to lambs and sheep as well as huge anxiety for the farmers who care for them.
I would like to show my support for changes to the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953. Specifically I would like to see:
- An increase in fines to act as an effective deterrent
- An increase in police powers to seize dogs
- An update to the list of farm animals included in the current definition to reflect the livestock present in modern Britain
- Ensure the legislation applies to all locations where livestock are legally allowed to be, including roads and barns
Working together alongside responsible dog owners these measures will help make the countryside a safe place for farm animals and dog walkers.