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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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New bill to put dogs on leads could become law

Farming minister, Victoria Prentis, has backed a Dorset farmer’s campaign for a change in the law to crackdown on livestock worrying.

Cameron Farquharson began campaigning to make it a legal requirement for dogs to be on leads around livestock after dogs killed Gladis, his Highland cow and her unborn calf.

Crackdown on livestock worrying

The Gladis’ Law Campaign has successfully driven livestock worrying to the forefront of upcoming legislation and seen extra protections for livestock included within the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill.

The bill passed its first reading in the House of Commons earlier this summer. However, “many more” stages remain in the House of Comms and the House of Lords until Royal Assent is given, and the bill becomes law.

Under the proposed changes:

  • Dog walkers will now face criminal prosecution if their dog chases any livestock to the point of causing harm or abortion;
  • They will be prosecuted if their dogs are off their lead or out of control in a field of sheep, poultry, or enclosed game birds.
Charity and funds 

In a statement, the farmer said:

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“We are over the moon with the result. But, we are not counting our chickens until the dotted line is signed.”

“We have been overwhelmed with donations from people all over the country. Also, we have now had over £40,000 donated, which is just incredible.”

“We want to create a charity in Gladis’s name where these funds will go to help and support farming families who are struggling.”

“We also want to open our gates and allow people to spend time with our fold at Eggardon Hill and stay at Redlands Coppice.”

“The support from others helped my family get through these difficult months. It is important for us that we can do the same for others when they need that support.”

The Gladis campaign has been working tirelessly since May, petitioning the government.

On their behalf, Farquharson thanked every person who has “supported us in changing the law to keep our livestock safe”. “Together, we have done it,” he concluded.

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