If the dog is at fault then yes, persue tem through the courts, take them for what they owe you plus compensation.
We do live in a civilised world. Resorting to guns to speed up the process is the world of gangsters and is simply not acceptable.
What sort of fantasy World do you live in where this is so easily achievable?
And whilst the uncontrolled dogs are rampaging round the fields attacking the livestock, what's the farmer supposed to do to protect his animals? - run round the field trying to catch the dogs? Give it a go sometime, I think you'll find dogs are pretty bloody quick on their feet!, and here's heads up for you, they don't tend to just come wandering up to you if they don't know you, so just how is the farmer supposed to catch them to find out who the owner is?
Try watching this to examine how easy it is to try to control a dog chasing livestock (and this is the dogs owner trying to get the dog back, someone they know and not a complete stranger!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GRSbr0EYYU
(Wow, look at how quickly that dog comes straight back to its owner on command!
Or are you suggesting that the farmer should simply wait for the dogs to finish having their fun, biting chunks out of their livestock legs and throats, and then simply pop round to the owners house with a bill for the loss?
(Ah!, but of course, in your fantasy World all the farmer has to do is call: "Here puppy!
", and the dog will automatically come wandering over so the farmer can get the owners details!)
But to farmers, its a business loss. How much is a sheep worth? You kill them in the end when you've had use from them. Nothing wrong with that.
Farming is just a business.
What a load of b
ks! You obviously have no concept of how farmers care about their livestock!
Yes farming is a business, but that doesn't automatically mean that farmers don't give a rats arse about the welfare of their livestock as you seem to be suggesting!
In any other business, if stock was damaged would the business owner have the right to exercise instant violence?
Apples and oranges!
However, if someone tried to rob your shop with a weapon (not to simply damaged stock but to steal money/stock), you have a right to defend your property, and that includes using violence if you deem it suitable and safe enough to do so!
If shop owners had to just stand there and allow the robbery to happen, they wouldn't stay in business very long!
You'd not use a gun to scare a car vandal off.
Apples and oranges yet again!
However, take a read here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/95441...
Basically, a couples house was being burgled and the owner of the house fired upon the burglars with a legally owned shotgun, hitting a couple of the burglars.
Yes, the owner of the house was initially arrested pending an investigation, the outcome of which was:
"The case sparked outrage however when Mr and Mrs Ferrie were also arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and questioned by police for almost three days.They were eventually released on police bail pending further inquiries, but were later told they would not face charges as their actions had been within the law
So yes, in the right circumstances, you can you use a gun to defend your property!
As for your tales of your father in law, the Law doesn't allow him to use a gun in the circumstances you describe, however, the Law does allow a farmer to use a gun if deemed necessary, in the circumstances described in the original post!
Dog owners know what the possible outcome can be if they allow their dogs to be loose amongst livestock, it's not some sort of secret, they know full well that the dog should be on a lead and that if the dog is loose and starts to go after livestock it could cost the dogs life.
In the case reported in the original post, the owners are not to blame, it's fully on the kennels to prevent the dogs from escaping. It's no good them trying to say that the owners still left the dogs with them despite the fact that they knew the dogs could jump the fence - the kennel owners were also aware of this information and yet still accepted responsibility for looking after the dogs!
However, the farmer has done nothing wrong in protecting his livestock, they have a right to be protected, just as much as pets do!