Harper receives assurances Scottish Government will promote her Livestock Worrying Act

South Scotland list MSP Emma Harper has received assurances from the First Minister that the Scottish Government will be promoting her Protection of Livestock (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2021 and its provisions.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 28th January 2022, 8:25 am
Emma Harper successfully guided legislation through the Scottish Parliament
Emma Harper successfully guided legislation through the Scottish Parliament

Ms Harper successfully guided legislation through the Scottish Parliament last year to increase the investigation powers available to Police Scotland and the penalties available to the Scottish Courts for people who allow their dogs to chase, attack, worry or kill livestock.

She said: “I welcome the First Minister’s commitment to taking forward work to raise awareness of the Act especially as we approach lambing season and on responsible access to Scotland’s countryside, particularly with dogs.

“Any attacks on livestock can have serious financial and emotional consequences to Scotland’s farmers who work extremely hard to ensure our food supply.

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“In addition to this welcome assurance from the First Minister that public awareness raising will be taken forward soon, I have written to NatureScot and the Chief Constable of Police Scotland to ask how they will proactively advertise and promote the Act.

"I have also asked them to promote messaging on the importance of following the Scottish Outdoor Access Code when in the countryside.

“Our local area is breathtaking and we know how beneficial outdoor access is for positive health and wellbeing so I am asking people to access it responsibly.

"Follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and avoid taking dogs near fields where there are livestock. But, if you have to, keep your dog on a short lead and under control.”