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October 01, 2013

Cattle Theft: Phenomenon that Worsens

For some time, small farmers helplessly to a new social phenomenon: the thefts. Bulls, cows, goats, sheep ... they are all vulnerable to theft. Recently, a farmer Poste Lafayette was robbed of heifers. Farmers organize to fight this evil.

The theft of a bull, a goat or a cow is a huge loss for a small farmer who is already facing a number of constraints in the sector. For some time, farmers reported an upsurge in cattle rustling. Criminals lurking in the vicinity of farms and stables and other animals suddenly disappear. There have been cases where carcasses of slaughtered animals have been discovered. At Poste Lafayette, the perpetrators gutted spot animals in a stable and away the meat.

For the President of the Cow Breeders' Cooperative Society, Adil Sohawon, this state of things lasts long enough, which he intended to write to the authorities asking for more control over the movement of animals to hunt down any illegal activity. "It costs a lot to raise livestock. We face many difficulties.

So if an animal is lost, it is a blow too hard, "he says. "In general, if the perpetrator is arrested, he comes out with a deposit or a fine. For cons, the victim is not compensated. This explains the few cases reported to the police. "Another farmer said that his goats have disappeared during the night, but there was no sign of forced entry. As it is impossible to find his animals, he has not even reported the case.

"This is another red tape. If the police come to get their hands on the thief, often the animal will not be found, but as a plaintiff, I would have to testify in court and the case dragged. Not a chance, "he says. An officer of the Police Press Office reveals that there has rarely cases of cattle rustling officially reported. Rather, the police received complaints from flight poultry. So there was no official figures on the number of cattle rustling.

Measures proposed

Adil Sohawon appeals to authorities, namely the Ministry of Agriculture, to address this problem. "To prevent stolen animals are sold, must be controlled methods of buying and selling. It is easy to verify the origin of the animals through the 'tag numbers.' " It should make it illegal to purchase an animal without 'tag number'. Drivers who are responsible for transporting an animal must necessarily see yrelatifs document before boarding an animal to ensure it is not stolen animals.

"We must also realize that many small farmers can not invest in secure farms with adequate fencing, among others. Finally, there is a more severe punishment to deter theft of livestock. "It also recommends to the police to be more vigilant on our roads and check vehicles transporting animals as a routine examination can reveal many things.

Yusuf Jhugroo of ICP: "Consumers need to question the origin of the meat"

For the director of the Institute for Consumer Protection, consumers also have a role to play in detecting illegal logging. "Today we see people selling meat of beef, goat or even deer at any corner. We do not know the provenance of the meat that are sold with the full knowledge of the authorities, often in unsanitary conditions.

Consumers should ask where these products, and not blindly buy because the prices are low. It may be that in some cases, animals were stolen. It is also possible that people buy in good faith an animal without knowing that it was stolen, "he said. "With the Eid-ul-Adha festival (Bakrid) approaching, there are many people looking for a bull to sacrifice. They are also many brokers who offer pets for sale. There are already ads plastered everywhere. You have to be careful because it is easy to deal with unscrupulous people. " 

 

 

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