Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

‘Sheep dyeing could help deter the rustlers’ – Sharon Bowles MEP

May 11, 2011 11:21 AM

Sharon Bowles MEP with lambEuro MP Sharon Bowles, who represents South East England at the European Parliament, has said that dyeing could prevent rustlers from stealing sheep over the summer months.

According to the National Farmer'sUnionthere has been a five-fold increase in the number of sheep thefts this year due, in part, to the recession and the high price of lamb.

Stolen sheep are often butchered at unlicensed abattoirs, most of which do not comply with food safety regulations, and then sold to unsuspecting consumers.

Sharon Bowles MEP said:

"Sheep rustling may sound like something you would expect to see in an old John Wayne film but it is having a tangible impact on theUK's rural economy.

"With ewes priced at over £100 each, farmers are losing out. What is more, rustlers are playing Russian roulette with consumers' health.

"I would encourage any sheep owners in the South East, where possible, to follow the lead of farmer John Heard in Okehampton, Devon, and dye their sheep in a non-toxic, eye-catching colour so that rustlers think twice before walking off with their livestock.

"It may be a little unorthodox to dye sheep but it could help deter the rustlers."

ENDS

What would you like to do next?

  • Subscribe for updates

    Read updates from this website in your desktop or online news reader

    • On a news reader website

      •  
      •  
      •  

      In a desktop news reader or a website not listed above

      •  
    • Example monthly digest email
      •  
      •  
      •  
    • If you submit your contact details, Sharon Bowles MEP, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image

    Join our email list

    • If you submit your contact details, Sharon Bowles MEP, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image

    Follow the party's activity on...

    • YouTube:
  • Share this page

    Share this page on another website

    Link to this page

    On websites and printed material:
    sharonbowles.org.uk/en/article/2011/487011/sheep-dyeing-could-help-deter-the-rustlers-sharon-bowles-mep
    In text messages, Twitter, or reading over the phone:
    sb.lib.dm/a1p6B

    Email this page to a friend


    • Generate different image
  • Help out or donate

    Help out in your local area

      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
    • If you submit your contact details, Sharon Bowles MEP, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image
  • Tell us what you think

    Send us your views

    • If you agree, Sharon Bowles MEP, the Liberal Democrats, and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image