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March 29, 2010

Cornish Mutual launches walkers campaign

by Richard Kilner

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Rural insurance firm Cornish Mutual is launching a new campaign to raise awareness amongst walkers in the South West to encourage them to keep clear of cattle and to keep their dogs away from sheep.

The regional insurer is also reminding landowners of their responsibility in preventing walkers being injured by cows.

The campaign comes in the wake of a number of reported incidents involving members of the public being injured or even killed, including former Home Secretary David Blunkett suffering a broken rib after being charged by a cow in the Peak District.

Cornish Mutual’s Philip Wilson has explained that cows, particularly when feeling protective towards their calves, can become aggressive and dangerous.

Walkers are advised to walk carefully and quietly away from cows, and to keep dogs on leads.

Wilson went on to state that both landowners and walkers have responsibilities, adding that the firm is now investigating reports that 36 sheep were lost after being chased over a cliff by a single dog.

In February last year, the firm urged dog walkers to maintain control over their hounds following a rise in the number of sheep worrying claims.

 

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