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Highland cow issue

Pete Plus
19 18.8k 97 England
17 Jul 2018 9:29AM
there's a story in our local paper about slaughtering these lovely Highland cows . Many photographers have enjoyed their company while on Baslow Edge and surrounding moorland.

Go take your dog a walk somewhere else!

JJGEE 15 7.8k 18 England
17 Jul 2018 9:52AM
Who has actually suggested that the cattle be slaughtered, HSE say not by them ?

Quote:Go take your dog a walk somewhere else!

Presumably there is plenty of space on / near Baslow Edge to go to ?

However in some areas The National Trust in particular are importing in cattle / sheep to graze the land where people have been taking their dogs freely for many years and now discouraging dogs.... which seems a bit unfair to me. But as they say, it IS their land, so can do what they like with it.
17 Jul 2018 10:07AM
Better to control the dogs than to slaughter the cattle. I know ('cos I have one) that dogs love to roam free following the scents they find, but in areas where there are cattle or sheep they should remain on the lead as they can do very severe harm to other creatures - there are many areas where there are no cattle or sheep. I cannot believe that anyone is seriously wanting to slaughter cattle because of dogs - just dog owners who have got their priorities wrong. Earlier in the year a dog caused the death of 50 or so sheep who tried to escape from this marauding dog and became trapped in an area where they couldn't escape and suffocated themselves. There are no bad dogs, just bad owners!
17 Jul 2018 12:01PM
In Scotland, farmers are within their rights to shoot dogs that worry their livestock.
17 Jul 2018 3:49PM
They are also in England but I think that quite often the farmer is not actually in sight of the dog who has done the worrying and I doubt if farmers actually carry a gun everywhere they go. There is no excuse - the owners should keep charge of their dogs and perhaps if there were hefty fines owners would become more responsible.
JJGEE 15 7.8k 18 England
17 Jul 2018 6:29PM

Quote: I doubt if farmers actually carry a gun everywhere they go

I think they probably do so more frequently during lambing
saltireblue Plus
10 11.1k 68 Norway
17 Jul 2018 6:55PM

Quote: I doubt if farmers actually carry a gun everywhere they go

I think they probably do so more frequently during lambing

Not just at lambing. Most farmers will have a gun in their Land Rover when driving round the farm.
Apart from anything else, they never know when they might come across a badly wounded animal that needs putting down on the spot.
keithh 16 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
17 Jul 2018 7:25PM
Iíve photographed and walked amongst the herd on BaslowEdge many, many times and never got close to being Ďthreatenedí by the Highlands.

However, only last November a woman was airlifted to hospital in the Peaks after being attacked by Highland cows (it involved a dog as they often do, although it wasnít hers)

Iíve known a lot of farmers over the years and Iíve never met one yet who didnít watch themselves when working with beast as they can be unpredictable at times and capable of hurting you when they donít intend to.
Back in the 90ís I helped try and round up a Highlamd herd who had got onto a grouse moor during nesting time. The cows were fine but I ran from the bull several times when he decided he wasnít being shown the gate.
AlexE 3 160 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2018 11:08AM
I used to spend my time on a dairy farm running from the bull who just hated ME for no reason (that I know of).
dcash29 15 2.4k England
19 Jul 2018 7:08PM
After walking in the Peak many times, both are to blame.

The idiot dog owners who think its great for their dog to run around and bother everyone and everything. Then there's the farmer who takes great delight in distributing crazy horses, bulls and cows with young across the public footpaths.
Pete Plus
19 18.8k 97 England
5 Mar 2019 6:11PM
The cows have all been taken off the land now Sad
Highland Cows forced off Baslow Edge
saltireblue Plus
10 11.1k 68 Norway
5 Mar 2019 6:30PM
It's a sad day when those who are responsible for this decision being made are the most irresponsible ones. The dog owners, that is. Further, shame on the council(?) that has made the decision.
adrian_w 13 3.8k 4 England
6 Mar 2019 11:23AM
Interesting reading the comments on that article. One woman being castigated by the dog brigade because she complained about uncontrolled dogs jumping up at her with muddy paws & also trying to pinch her sandwiches when out walking in the area. Thaa's one reason I usually take a stick with me when I go walking, a swift smack across the nose is a good deterrent. (& the dos don't like it either!)
dcash29 15 2.4k England
9 Mar 2019 9:19AM

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