Date lodged: 16 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to encourage farmers and crofters to introduce measures to reduce the risk of dog attacks on livestock.
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.
The responsibility for the behaviour of dogs lies with the owners, but we encourage all crofters and farmers to consider practical steps to help keep their animals safe including making sure fencing is checked regularly and signs are put up to warn of the dangers of livestock worrying.