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Livestock Attack And Worrying New Legislation

Did you know, those charged with livestock worrying can face a fine of up to 40,000 or face up to 12 months in prison?

The new Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill 2021 came in to force on 5th November 2021 and an official launch of the “Your Dog-Your Responsibility’ campaign was held at Harelaw Reservoir on 11th January 2022 organised by the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC).

Whilst you are out and about this bank holiday weekend, enjoying the Scottish countryside, beaches and rural areas, please keep your dog under control by keeping it on a lead. If walking routes allow, please avoid walking through livestock-populated land.


Here is the guidance from the National Access Forum for dog owners and land managers:

Advice to dog owners

  • Do not allow your dog to approach animals or people uninvited (in open country, it may not be obvious when animals are around).
  • Where possible avoid animals - release your dog if threatened.
  • Always keep your dog in sight and under control if in doubt use a lead.

Advice to land managers

  • Consider public access and assess relevant risks.
  • If necessary, use helpful signs to highlight issues to users, removing them when not required.
  • Suggest reasonable alternative routes if needed.

Original message sent by: Lynn Black (Police Scotland, National Rural Crime Unit, Police Scotland)


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