As prices for livestock increase, farmers and ranchers in Iowa are seeing more of their animals going missing. Iowa’s Farm Bureau Federation is working to make punishments for livestock and crop thieves harsher, KETV Omaha reports. Hotly targeted items include cattle, hogs, corn and soybeans.
Other states are facing similar issues. Cattle producers in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas have also seen a surge in livestock thefts recently in coordination with the rising cattle prices.
Officials in many states, like Iowa, are pushing for tougher penalties for stealing livestock. In Iowa, livestock theft is treated just like any other property theft. Texas and Missouri both have tougher punishments for cattle thieves, making the crime a mandatory third-degree felony. Thieves could find themselves in prison for two to 10 years, and be required to pay hefty fines.
Read more about recent cattle thefts with these articles:
- Man arrested for buying cattle with fake checks
- Cattle stolen in Delaware County, Okla.
- Cattle thieves to face harsher penalties
- Wyoming cattle rustling hits a high
- Beware, not all cattle rustlers are men