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Carthy calls for Compensation Scheme for Farmers affected by Cattle Rustling

16 February, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Speaking after meeting with members of the IFA in Louth last weekend, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, has reiterated his call for the Government to introduce measures to support farmers affected by cattle rustling.

Carthy said:

“I am calling on the Minister for Agriculture to introduce support measures for farmers affected by Cattle Rustling.

“Having spoken with many farmers that have been victim of this crime their opinion is clearly that the government have not been proactive enough on this issue to date.

“Of course, the primary responsibility to address this issue at local level lies with an Garda Siochána in the first instance.  However with cuts to Garda patrols and the closure of many rural Garda stations, it is becoming increasingly apparent that there is an insufficient police presence in the communities affected.

“In many cases farmers have invested heavily in livestock, often on the foot of loans from banks or other credit institutions and a theft can have huge financial consequences for individual farmers.

“This issue is also a threat to the entire beef industry as people will obviously ask the question ‘where is the beef going and where on the food chain is it being introduced?’.  It has the potential to undermine consumer confidence in the traceability of meat products therefore placing the future livelihoods of beef farmers at risk.

“I am calling on the government to immediately introduce measures to support farmers who have been the victims of cattle rustling and to consider the introduction of a compensation scheme in particular.  This must be couple with a reversal of Garda cuts in rural areas and a full investigation into the destination of stolen beef.”

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