Cameron Farquharson’s cow Gladis made the national news last week, sadly for tragic reasons. Her death has highlighted the need for farmers to have more say in taking care of their livestock in dealing with dogs off their leads.
When Cameron announced the very sad news on Facebook the following day, he begged, as all our local farmers repeatedly do to “please please please adhere to the notice on the gate and KEEP YOUR DOGS ON A LEAD!” He added ” We cannot afford in financial terms and for mine and my children’s mental well-being to continuously deal with these distressing losses.” His post was shared over 10,000 times and made the BBC news.
Cameron and his family, who run Redlands Coppice, are now working with a group of farmers, farming related businesses and an MP to bring about a change in the law to give livestock more protection which they are calling Gladis’s Law. They are trying to make contact with as many local farmers, smallholders holders and general livestock owners who have experienced dog attacks or worrying on their livestock in order to collate as much evidence of the problem as possible. Gladis’s Law would make it an offence for dogs to be off lead on farm land or land with animals grazing.
Sign up to be kept up to date of their progress on Gladis’s Law HERE.
Cameron’s family were “overwhelmed by the kindness shown” to them, as a family…. “so many we are not able to respond personally to each individual person as we would like. We have made this short video to introduce you to our hairy coos and say a personal thank you.“
Gladis died on 27th May on Eggardon Hill when dogs (reportedly Labradors) chased her to death killing both her and her full term unborn calf. R.I.P. Gladis x
Dorset Police Rural Crime Team also released a two and a half minute video on Facebook on Saturday about putting dogs on a lead which you can view HERE.
If you are a farmer needing livestock worrying signage, please send their team an email: email@example.com with the best name and address to send to and the quantity that’s required. Maximum of 4 signs per address.
Cameron has now launched a special Facebook page HERE to gather support.