Livestock Worrying

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 7 March 2024.

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Photo of Neil Hudson Neil Hudson Conservative, Penrith and The Border

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help tackle livestock worrying.

Photo of Mark Spencer Mark Spencer The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government takes the issue of livestock worrying very seriously, recognising the distress this can cause animals and their keepers, as well as the financial implications. The Government is supporting a Private Members’ Bill to amend the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 to tackle the issue of livestock worrying. The Bill contains crucial measures which build on all the work this Government is doing to enhance our existing world-leading animal welfare standards.

The Bill will focus on two key areas; extending the locations where an offence may take place and extending the species scope to include camelids; as well as strengthening police powers such as powers of entry, the seizure and detention of dogs, and collection of evidence to support enforcement.

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