Calls for tougher action on sheep attacks ahead of King's Speech
Date of alert:
Wednesday, 18 October 2023
Farm leaders are requesting new livestock worrying legislation ahead of the upcoming King’s Speech after the government ditched tougher measures in the summer.
The industry has warned that dog attacks on livestock continue to represent a significant financial, emotional and welfare issue for farmers across the country.
Although sparse, where data on livestock attacks has been recorded by rural crime forces, the results demonstrate that this is an important issue which shows no sign of declining.
For example, data published by North Wales Police alone reported more than 100 attacks in a 12 month period in 2013; with significant injuries and mortality levels reported.