Crackdown on livestock worrying in England and Wales

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

New measures to crack down on livestock worrying have been introduced in England and Wales this week through the Kept Animals Bill. Charlotte Cunningham reports. According to Defra, improved powers will enable the police to respond to livestock worrying incidents more effectively – making it easier for them to collect evidence and, in the most serious cases, seize and detain dogs to reduce the risk of further incidents. The measures include: Increasing the scope of livestock species and locations covered by the law, such as llamas, emus, enclosed deer, and donkeys. New locations will include roads and paths as long as the livestock have not strayed into a road. Increasing powers for the police to seize dogs after particularly serious incidents, if there is a reason to believe that dog might pose an ongoing risk to livestock. Currently, the police can only seize a dog for the purpose of identifying the owner, and it has to be returned to the owner once they have been identified. A new power to take samples from livestock and dogs suspected of an offence, which will help the police investigate these crimes. At present, most cases of livestock worrying don’t end up in prosecution…
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Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

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