‘Gladis Law’ receives government support after reaching millions

The Dorset farmer campaigning to change the law following the death of his now-famous Highland cow, Gladis, is one step closer to the so-called ‘Gladis Law’ being passed.

Highland cow with farmer - promoting Gladis Law

Farmer, Cameron Farquharson with Gladis.

Cameron Farquharson’s Gladis Law campaign has reached over four million people, including the MP for West Dorset, Chris Loder and the farming minister, Victoria Prentis.

After his pregnant Highland cow Gladis sadly died due to a dog attack in May, Farquharson began campaigning to make it a legal requirement for dogs to be on leads around livestock. Since then, the campaign has made national news and has reached over four million people on social media, while the petition to enact the ‘Gladis Law’ has been signed by over 4,000 people.

Among the supporters are West Dorset MP Chris Loder and farming minister Victoria Prentis, who met last week, giving the campaign a firm indication of support from parliament. The ‘Gladis Law’ now looks more likely to be incorporated into upcoming legislation in parliament.

Farquharson commented: “I could never have anticipated the response we’ve had from the public and members of parliament. Some people have even asked if they can donate money to help us. Although we really appreciate the gesture, losing Gladis and her calf was such a dark time for me and my family, we felt it was only right to redirect these generous offers to charities helping other people in similar situations.

So far, an unbelievable £39,000 of redirected donations has been raised for the Farming Community Network, Addington Fund, Forage Aid, RABI and RSABI.”

volunteers for gladis law putting up signs to inform dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead at all times.

Volunteers help put up signs to support Gladis Law.

National Trust has supplied Cameron Farquarson with signs for his farm clearly informing dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead at all times.

Despite the overwhelming response so far, there is still a way to go, as Cameron explains: “We still need the public, and especially the farming community to continue supporting this campaign. We are still hearing of animal attacks on farming livestock daily, and this needs to stop. Not only for the welfare of animals but also the farmers and their families.”

To read the full previous Gladis Farmers Guide story, click here. 

To support the campaign visit www.gladis-law.com and add your signature to the petition.

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