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Spike in dogs attacking livestock

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Dogs attacking livestock has become a frequent offence, according to a recent figures.

Affected farmers and crofters may now be given more legal protection to crackdown on offences.

A public consultation has launched in Scottish Parliament ahead of a bill put forward to tackle the issue.

National Farmers Union of Scotland started a campaign earlier this month to encourage a change in the behaviour of dog owners who don't keep their pets on leads around livestock.

338
incidents were reported to Police Scotland in 2018.

A survey conducted by the union highlighted the issue, with 72% of 340 responses claiming they had experienced worrying on their land, and most feeling the current protection in place is not good enough.

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“Irresponsible dog owners need to realise the impact they are having on farmers and crofters and their livestock. It is not necessarily about the financial losses they face, but the trauma for livestock and their offspring, as well as the emotional impact on the farmer and their family.

“We would encourage as many farmers and crofters as possible to fill out this consultation within the 12-week window to provide a true reflection of the extent dog attacks on livestock continue to have on our industry.”

– Martin Kennedy, Vice President of NFU Scotland