Is the Defra Minister, Mark Spencer about to Toss Away a Vital Tool to Tackle Sheep Worrying?

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There is a frustrated response by farmers, and in particular, from those at the NSA, at Defra Minister, Mark Spencer’s recent announcement to drop the Kept Animals Bill (25th May). This statement was made just as the legislation had reached the last stages through the Commons. 

NSA Chief Executive, Phil Stocker says : “It is disappointing that nearly three years on from the introduction of the Kept Animals Bill to Parliament, attacks on livestock are increasing in occurrence and severity. To now have this legislation dropped at such an imperative time is a betrayal to farmers across the country NSA is exasperated there is still no appreciable accountability for dog owners and the disastrous impact their dogs can have on livestock. Abandoning this Bill now will increase the risk to animal welfare at a time when dog attacks are becoming common place.”

Sadly, it looks like the Government are floundering and haven’t quite got to grips with an increasing problem of sheep worrying.