Farmers Guradian
Topics
Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

DataHub

DataHub

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Auction Finder

Auction Finder

CropTec

CropTec

LAMMA 2019

LAMMA 2019

You are viewing your 1 free article

Register now to receive 2 free articles every 7 days or subscribe for unlimited access.

Subscribe | Register

Leader: Stark reality of dog attacks should be catalyst for change

Rocketing costs associated with dog attacks and livestock will come as little surprise to FG readers, with some seeing the heart-breaking devastation they cause on a weekly basis.


Olivia   Midgley

Olivia   Midgley

The research by NFU Mutual also lays bare the realities of living and working alongside a general public which, on occasion, shows little regard for the consequences of its actions, seemingly meandering through the countryside in blissful ignorance.

 

Why do 60 per cent of people think it is perfectly acceptable to let their dogs roam free among livestock?

 

It is not for a lack of effort from farmers and the wider industry to educate dog walkers about the risks their pets can pose and how simply clipping on a lead can make their outings safer for them and all our animals.

 

Over the years, FG has worked tirelessly to raise awareness through its Take the Lead campaign and, more recently, worked with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) to tighten up legislation around the issue.

 

It may come as a surprise that livestock worrying is not a recordable offence; in that police forces are not required by the Home Office to include livestock attacks as part of their overall crime statistics.


Read More

Children to learn about livestock worrying as Take the Lead campaign hits schools Children to learn about livestock worrying as Take the Lead campaign hits schools
From the editor: Time the public realised they have to Take the Lead From the editor: Time the public realised they have to Take the Lead
Take the Lead sign ripped down from farm gate by angry dog walker Take the Lead sign ripped down from farm gate by angry dog walker

Worryingly, it means this sort of crime is falling under the radar.

 

If it is under the radar, then police cannot deploy the resources to tackle it.

 

If farmers feel the police are not taking the issue seriously, they are less likely to report it – and so the vicious circle continues.

 

That is why APGAW has called for accurate statistics to be collected and guidance provided to police in order to gather a true picture of the issue and to fight the problem more effectively.

 

A sensible but big step, and only made possible through FG and key stakeholders’ lobbying efforts to bring about lasting change.

 

And, while the Mutual’s figures make for uncomfortable reading, they will surely add weight to our calls for action to be taken and for dog owners to sit up and listen.

FG Jobs

FG Jobs

Did you know we now have jobs related to the dairy sector?

 

Visit our jobs board to find out more. CLICK HERE...

Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS