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Stock Theft Branch
Crime prevention guidelines for stock theft

Theft of stock in Botswana is escalating, particularly at areas situated along the borders, the periphery of the cities and towns. The most vulnerable stock is being cattle, goats and donkeys.

Livestock farming in Botswana contributes enormously to the social and economic life of this nation, hence should be preserved at all costs. The phenomenon of stock theft as implied above is mostly organized with syndicates smuggling live animals and their produce into cities and towns for slaughter and illegal sales respectively.

In the same vein, criminal’s syndicates collude with butchery owners in cities, towns and villages to circumvent council bye-laws to kill animals not acquired at public sales.


Stock Theft Act