Calls for tougher legislation after dog attacks
A new survey carried out for the Manx National Farmers Union shows that 82 per cent of the farmers who responded have had to deal with livestock worrying incidents in the past year.
The study, which was carried out in line with surveys run annually by the National Sheep Association, comes as the industry heads into the 2023 lambing season.
Secretary of the MNFU Sarah Comish says the shocking scale of the problem requires tougher legislation to reduce the number of incidents which are deeply traumatic for the animals and for the farmers who have to deal with the consequences:
The call for tougher legislation follows a warning from police regarding such incidents.
The Isle of Man Constabulary, discussing recent reports, says 'sadly this is quite common and can cause injury and loss to farmers along with suffering to the animals as it during this occasion.'
Police have received reports in relation to dogs being off leads and not under proper control around farm land and worrying the livestock.— TweetbeatIOM #RespectIOM (@TweetbeatIOM) March 13, 2023
Sadly this is quite common and can cause injury and loss to farmers along with suffering to the animals as it has on this occasion. pic.twitter.com/6Eo3InMzGe
"When a dog attack does happen it's distressing for all involved."
Kirree Kermode, from Orrisdale Farm near Ballasalla, says, despite the reports, the Manx public are generally good at respecting the countryside: