Date lodged: 16 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to figures from NFU Mutual suggesting that, in the last year, the number of dog attacks on livestock in the UK increased by 50% and that, in Scotland, the costs of such attacks trebled to £51,296.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 8 March 2017
Any incident of livestock worrying is a concern and that is why we are fully supporting the campaign launched recently by Police Scotland to highlight the importance of dog owners keeping their pets under control when walking in rural areas. This campaign, is being run in conjunction with the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime, Scottish National Heritage and the representative body Land and Estates, and is timed to coincide with spring lambing season.