State acts with cattle duffing laws

NEW laws have been introduced by the Newman Government to stamp out cattle duffing.

Premier Campbell Newman said new laws would deter stock theft, while providing magistrates more power to help producers get livestock back.

"Cattle stealing is a serious crime that requires serious penalties," Mr Newman said.

"It is a dirty act that hurts farmers and the wider community, with annual losses in the millions of dollars.

"Life on the land can be hard enough and the last thing farmers need is to have their stock stolen.

"Cattle producers spend a lot of time and money to bring their stock to sale, so, for someone to steal them, it is financially devastating, the equivalent of someone stealing jewellery or money from someone's home."

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said that was why the government was throwing the book at stock thieves.

"The minimum fines for a range of stock offences will now be increased from $200 to $1100 an animal or the value of the animal, whichever is the higher amount," Mr Bleijie said.

"This reflects the seriousness of any cattle offence."

Topics:  cattle cattle duffing cattle theft livestock rural crime

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