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Cattle Stealing Prevention Act 1853 – 15 March 1996

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A person may make a complaint or provide information on oath to a justice of the peace that livestock has been stolen. The justice may then direct the suspect to appear before two justices of the peace and those justices may, if satisfied the livestock was stolen, direct the police to seize the stolen livestock and return possession to their rightful owner. If the livestock has been sold, the rightful owner may recover the purchase money from the seller.

  • Sections 3, 4
Reason for law

To provide for the better prevention of cattle stealing and the sale of stolen cattle. (Long title of Act)

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The section 2 definition of cattle includes horses and pigs. This is a strange definition. It may be better for Act to refer to livestock and have this term defined.

This Act may no longer be a necessity given a stronger police/court system. May now be abolished.

The amounts in the section 9 non-payment of penalty provisions appear to very out-of-date. $20 is now not a lot of money.

Sections 9 and 10 appear to be redundant as no fine, forfeiture or penalty under this Act.



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