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Remove pack of hounds exemption from s1 of Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act

Submitted by Neil Bookless on Saturday 11th November 2023

Published on Friday 15th December 2023

Current status: Open

Open until: Saturday 15th June 2024

Current Signatures: 2,468
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Remove pack of hounds exemption from s1 of Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act

Petition Details

Under Section 1, subsection 2A(b) of the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 the offence of worrying livestock does not apply where a pack of hounds is at large (not on a lead or otherwise under close control) in a field or enclosure with sheep. We believe this exemption should be removed.

Additional Information

We think this exemption for packs of hounds is an archaic relic that encourages and allows hunts to ride roughshod over keepers of livestock, and promotes inequity and an arrogant disregard for others.

ALL other s2A(b) exemptions are dogs usually kept under close control, unlike packs of hounds which may be a free roaming mob specifically trained to chase, catch and kill animals.

Harm caused to livestock can be deeply traumatic for farmers, and can impose a significant and unnecessary financial burden or loss for a rural business.

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