‘The Great British Public (and Their Dogs) v Farmers’

“I am sure that in our Brave New Covid World my dogs are not the only dogs who roll their eyes when I announce it’s time for (yet another) walkies. But where does the huge increase in the use of public rights of way leave our landowners, or more specifically the ‘keepers’ of animals, when the daily walk goes wrong and leads to a claim under the Animals Act 1971? In basic terms, the Act imposes strict liability upon the keeper of a ‘domesticated’ animal such as a cow, or sheep, which causes severe damage by behaving abnormally, or normally in a particular circumstance, as long as the keeper has knowledge of such behaviour in the species …” (more)

[Georgina Crawford, Ropewalk Chambers, 3 May]

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