Tipperary farming: call for tougher laws around dog control
ICSA sheep chair Sean McNamara has called for tougher livestock protection legislation to be introduced to combat the on-going scourge of dog attacks.
“New legislation in Scotland provides for fines of up to £40,000. It also provides additional powers to investigate and enforce the offence of livestock worrying, which is precisely what is now needed in this country,” he said.
Mr McNamara said that he had witnessed the aftermath of a particularly distressing incident involving cattle who fled into a bog to escape from marauding dogs. The cattle became trapped in the bog water, and despite the best efforts of everyone involved, not all of them could be saved.
“The whole episode has had a devastating impact on the farmer concerned, and all because the dog owners involved were too complacent about where their dogs were and what they were doing,” he said.
“Campaigns aimed at raising the awareness of the need to control dogs around livestock are proving woefully inadequate. We have a range of slap on the wrist penalties which certainly do not act as any deterrent. It is time for our legislators to get tougher on this issue,” he said.
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