Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Finlay backs responsible dog ownership campaign

 

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has backed a new campaign by the National Farmers Union Scotland highlighting responsible dog ownership.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP has repeatedly called for current legislation to be updated in order to ensure the problem is tackled across rural communities.

In 2017/18 there were 21 attacks on livestock across Dumfries and Galloway, compared to seven in 2016/17, but the highest fine handed out was only £400.

Mr Carson says the new campaign by the NFUS promotes a responsible message to dog walkers in the countryside and hopes it can lead to the SNP Government updating legislation as soon as possible.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “This is a welcome new campaign by the NFUS on an issue that is a major concern for rural communities.

“Attacks on livestock have risen sharply in Dumfries and Galloway over the last year and it is an issue I have constantly pushed the SNP Government to toughen legislation on.

“Punishments for these crimes remain low, which sends out the wrong message.

“I believe current legislation can be updated in order to send out a message to those who are not responsible will be properly punished in regards to livestock worrying.”