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A walk in the countryside is a pastime many travelers enjoy when exploring a new place, and in many countries miles of public footpaths criss-cross farmland where livestock can be found. In England and Wales alone there are estimated to be 140,000 mi (225,000km) of public rights of way, including footpaths and bridleways.
However, while sharks are responsible for around five deaths a year, horses cause 20 deaths and cows around 22, typically by trampling or kicking their unsuspecting victims, many of whom are out enjoying a countryside walk.
To avoid being injured or killed by livestock, walkers can start by following guidelines such as the UK Government’s Countryside Code. This a series of sensible guidelines highlighting the importance of protecting and respecting, people, animals and property in the countryside including following signs (such as those for footpaths), making sure you leave gates the way you find them (if they're open leave them that way, and the same if they're closed), taking litter home with you, keeping your dog under control (a farmer can shoot a dog that attacks or chases livestock, and may not be liable to compensate the dog’s owner) and giving any livestock you come across plenty of space.
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