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Reminder to Dog Owners to Act Responsibly as Lambing Continues

14 April 2015

SCOTLAND, UK - As lambing in Scotland’s hills and uplands gets into full swing, NFU Scotland is urging dog owners and dog walkers to keep their pets under control around livestock.

Incidents of sheep worrying are growing with more farmers across the country seeing their livestock distressed, hurt or killed by dogs.

At this time of year, with fields and hillsides full of pregnant ewes or ewes with young lambs at foot, an incidence of worrying can have a devastating impact on a flock and cause severe distress to the shepherd.

The clear and consistent message from the Union is for members of the public to be responsible, and to keep their pets under control.

Gemma Thomson, Legal and Technical Policy Manager commented: “NFUS is extremely concerned by the growing issue of dog worrying.

“We have received a number of reports from members who have suffered with this issue, and it is most keenly felt at this time of year with lambing and spring calving underway.

“People have a right to access the countryside, but it is of vital importance that those walking with dogs must act responsibly and keep their animals on a lead.

“For many farmers, sheep are their livelihood and it is wholly unacceptable to have their stock distressed, hurt or killed by the irresponsible actions of dog owners.”

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