Farmers fear new working arrangements will worsen problem of dog attacks on livestock
Farmers fear that the new working arrangements stemming from the government’s announcement this week will exacerbate the problem of dog attacks on livestock, said IFA Sheep chairman Sean Dennehy.
We know that dog ownership increased during the lockdown, and we also know that some people have taken pets without realizing the responsibilities that come with it.
“As people move more freely and some go to work part of the week, the danger is that their pets will have too much freedom,” he said.
He called on Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue to urgently implement the controls necessary to tackle the problem of irresponsible dog ownership.
He said the patience of farmers with the authorities on this issue was exhausted. The recent horrific attack in Wicklow shows the message is not reaching dog owners.
“The Minister of Agriculture must advance controls and enforcement actions for owners of negligent dogs. We need a single national database for all dogs in the country that identifies the responsible dog owner, ”he said.
“There must be appropriate penalties in place for those who fail to control their dog at all times, and for those whose dogs are identified as worrying or attacking livestock,” he said. he declares.
The president of the IFA Sheep has said that the lack of action by government and local authorities to put in place appropriate sanctions to deal with irresponsible behavior by dog owners is unacceptable.
Sean Dennehy said the IFA’s “No Dogs Allowed” campaign will continue, highlighting the damage uncontrolled dogs inflict on cattle and sheep and the urgent need for appropriate legislation to protect farmers and their livestock.