[3 May/Rural Life]

Federated Farmers Meat and Wool Chairman, Miles Anderson, urged farmers to keep the livestock theft conversation going. He called for legislation to be altered with tougher penalties introduced. Mr Anderson was pleased with the reception received from the select committee, and hoped the report would recommend stiffer penalties. He was personally targeted by rustlers five years ago when 35 prime lambs were taken over a couple of nights. He added that most farmers he knew had stock taken at some point, and it happened regularly around the country. He noted that there were people doing it for butchering the animals and selling the product. Hunting and Fishing New Zealand Timaru Owner, Alister Jones, said in February a huge percentage of his sales were going to farmers who wanted to protect their land and property.