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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21196: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle sheep worrying in Midlothian.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 30 January 2019

Dog attacks on sheep, wherever they occur, is an issue that the Scottish Government takes very seriously. We fully support the work to tackle this matter being undertaken by the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC), chaired by Police Scotland, including their 5 month campaign to highlight the issue, launched on 8 January 2019. We have also commissioned Ipsos MORI to undertake research investigating the incidence and impact of dog attacks on sheep in Scotland and looking at potential strategies to prevent it happening.