The report highlights the scale of dog attacks on livestock and is calling for greater powers to deal with the problem. North Wales Police has led a trial aimed at improving the recording of attacks, involving several English forces. In other parts of Wales, led by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn; Dyfed Powys Police* launched its Rural Crime Strategy on the CLA Pavilion at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in November.
CLA Cymru Director, Rebecca Williams says: “Dog attacks on livestock are, of course, cruel on innocent farm-animal victims and they have a major financial and emotional impact on farmers. We fully support any extra measures needed to reduce incidences of livestock worrying and to help police investigate the crime. Alongside this, a new approach is needed to allow farmers to temporarily divert public rights of way where livestock is present. This would provide flexibility for farmers, enhance safety for users and improve animal welfare.”
“Farmers provide against a broad range of public good which includes managing access for the public on agricultural land. This vital service – and the priority of safety for livestock and for responsible users of rural rights of way – must be front of mind in our plans for management of the countryside in the future.”
*Dyfed Powys Police’s own response is available here