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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-04554: Gail Ross (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 7 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle the incidence of dog attacks on farm livestock.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 18 November 2016

The Scottish Government is supportive of responsible dog ownership and there are a range of measures in place in relation to protection of farm livestock from dogs.

Section 1 of The Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 provides specific protection for livestock from dogs. The Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 places general responsibilities on dog owners to keep their dogs under control including on agricultural land. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 restricts access to land where someone is not exercising proper control of their dogs (and any other animals). The Scottish Outdoor Access Code includes provision advising how best to approach control of dogs when near livestock.

Data on the number of convictions under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 is as follows.

 

Number of people convicted under section 1 of the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 1

 

Year

 

 

Number of convictions

 

2010-11

10

2011-12

10

2012-13

11

2013-14

10

2014-15

10

 

 

1. Where main charge

Source – Scottish Government criminal proceedings database