Cameron Farquharson is gathering a wealth of support for Gladis’s Law, Protecting livestock, informing dog owners: a campaign for a change in law to make it mandatory to keep dogs on a lead when walking near livestock. “We want to educate dog owners about the importance of using a lead.”
Yesterday Cameron received the 2021 Sheep worrying by dogs survey from The National Sheep Association. He shared the following on social media:
70% selected that the cause was not putting their dog(s)on a lead.
66% believed that their dog(s) won’t attack livestock or won’t do damage if they do.
49% Was down to a lack of regard or concern on the issue.
39% had assumed their dog(s) would respond to commands off the lead.
47% was down to allowing dog(s) to roam unaccompanied or escaped from gardens or kennels.
- 5% Worrying on purpose/linked to poaching.
- 51% reported receiving Verbal abuse.
- 48% were ignored by the dog owner.
21% received Intimidation by the dog owner.
16% Other (no understanding, land ownership).
- 15% Polite refusal to use a lead.
- 8% Retribution (vandalism).
- 3% received physical abuse.
I will post more once I’ve read and understood. But I think we can all agree that the statistics from this survey are shocking. We need to change things for the better.”