New campaign targets livestock attacks

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A five-month multi-agency campaign to highlight the reality of livestock attacks and trauma by dogs was launched this week by the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC).

The aim of the campaign – Your Dog – Your Responsibility – is to ensure  dog owners understand the distressing nature as well as emotional and financial impacts such incidents can have, not just on farmers but everyone having to deal with the aftermath.

Experience has shown that more often than not, livestock attacks and trauma occur when dog owners are not present. Owners are reminded that they must take responsibility for the actions of their dogs.

The campaign draws attention to other animals such as camelids, including alpacas and llamas, plus horses due to reports being received of these animals being attacked with increasing frequency.

Over the next few months, local events will be held around Scotland concluding in May at Conic Hill, Balmaha, within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

SPARC is made up of partners from across the rural community, including Police Scotland, NFU Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates and NFU Mutual.  This new campaign complements work being done by rural organisations to combat livestock worrying and the impact it can have on farmers and landowners.