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Plaid Cymru MP calls for action on ‘gruesome’ dog attacks on livestock

26 Jul 2023 3 minute read
Sheep Worrying by Chris Cotterman is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A Welsh MP has called for legislation to be introduced to crack down on dangerous dogs.

Speaking at the Royal Welsh Show today ( 26 July), Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion and agriculture spokesperson in Westminster, Ben Lake MP, has urged the UK Government to crack down on “gruesome” dog attacks on livestock.

Mr Lake will take part in a Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) event on the showground at 11am entitled ‘Dog Attacks on Livestock: Where are We Now?’

Mr Lake has strongly criticised the UK Government for dropping plans for a bill that would have introduced greater protection for livestock from dangerous dogs.

The Kept Animals Bill would have also banned live exports, cracked down on puppy smuggling, and a ban on primates as pets.

Last month, the Conservatives refused to revive the Bill.


Mr Lake plans to introduce legislation for greater protections for livestock against dangerous dogs following the summer recess.

“As an MP representing a rural area, I fully appreciate the devastating consequences of a dog attack on livestock,” Mr Lake said.

“In recent weeks I have spoken to three farming families in Ceredigion who have suffered such gruesome attacks. They lost about 40 sheep and a dozen more are fighting for their lives. The pictures are heart-wrenching, and we cannot ignore how traumatic this must be for the animals.

“Farmers across Wales will have been disappointed that the Conservative Government decided to withdraw the Kept Animals Bill at the last moment.

“Although the Bill was not perfect – indeed I was a member of the Bill Committee and advocated for even stronger measures, such as requiring dogs to be on leads near livestock at all times – it was nevertheless a step in the right direction. It is therefore disheartening that the UK Government has left us with nothing.

“When Parliament returns in September, I will be supporting efforts to ensure that a bill is introduced to pass these protections and new powers into law. Police forces require greater powers to investigate instances of dog attacks effectively. It is hoped that if the police are empowered so that there are more successful prosecutions there will be a greater incentive for dog owners to ensure that their animals are under control.

“I am looking forward to speaking to people across Wales at the Show today about Plaid Cymru’s commitments to farmers and the wider agricultural sector, which is so important to our economy and society.”

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Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
8 months ago

Farmers should be allowed to terminate any dog seen worrying their livestock. END OF……

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
8 months ago
Reply to  Cathy Jones

Oh yes they should,I agree it’s not the fault of the dogs but irresponsible owners who can’t control their dogs.

8 months ago

I agree, dogs that have been bred in the past to act as guard dogs are now pets for some people. They are just too big, even some smaller ones with massive muscular jaws. They’re not suitable for pets and should not be allowed in the UK. Just recently our friends Cane Corso had to be put down, she was only 3 years old. She had a good track record, never hurt anyone, but one day she decided to attack one of they’re other smaller dogs. The small dog has now recovered. Were just glad it was no one’s child… Read more »

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