Dogs need quite a bit of exercise to stay happy and healthy. Long on-leash walks can definitely do the job, but it’s always a nice treat to let a dog run free off-leash. However, even if your dog doesn’t go up to other people or animals, and always comes back when you call, letting dogs off-leash can have some unintended consequences.
Towards the end of January, a group of 50 pregnant sheep died after being frightened by an off-leash dog. The dog did not physically attack any of them, but the fear was enough. They sprinted until they got trapped in a corner and huddled so closely together that they crushed and suffocated each other against the stone wall. Sadly, this is a common occurrence and sometimes the dog involved has also been harmed or killed as a result. These dogs were just following their instincts. It’s their owner’s responsibility to make sure they are leashed for the safety of everyone.
Source: Metro uk
The Countryside Code, England’s set of rules for visitors to agricultural and rural areas, includes that visitors should “keep dogs under effective control.” However, obviously, the relaxed nature of that statement isn’t working. Sign this petition and ask that the UK government update the Countryside Code to require all dogs in agricultural and rural areas be leashed at all times, for their own safety and the safety of all other animals!
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Invest in Ethical Ways to Minimize Interactions Between Livestock and Northern Gray Wolves
- Save Birds by Urging Officials to Enact Leash Laws on Beaches During Nesting Season
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