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Oklahoma Cattlemen Issue Call to Action- Asking Cattle Producers to Call State Lawmakers and Urge a Yes Vote on HB 2504

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 22:27:37

Oklahoma Cattlemen Issue Call to Action- Asking Cattle Producers to Call State Lawmakers and Urge a Yes Vote on HB 2504 The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association have issued a "call to action" to all of their members, urging them to call their state lawmakers immediately and ask for their support of HB 2504, a measure that would increase the legal consequences for any one caught stealing cattle in the state of Oklahoma. The measure is scheduled for a vote as early as Wednesdy of this week on the Oklahoma House of Representatives floor- the author of the measure is State Representative John Pfeiffer.

A coalition of four groups- AFR, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Cattlemen and the Oklahoma Livestock Marketing Association- have drafted a letter explaining HB 2504 and asking for support from all House members- the letter will show up in the offices of the State House of Representatives on Wednesday morning.

According to the letter-

"HB 2504 does two things:

"1. Increases the fine for theft to three times the value of the animal and machinery stolen but caps the maximum fine at $500,000.

"2. Each head of cattle stolen will constitute a separate offense (felony).

"According to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, the number of cattle thefts investigations has steadily increased over time with eighty seven investigations conducted in 2015. Investigations in 2013 totaled 64 cases. A total of approximately 1,600 head were reported stolen for the 2015 investigations."

You can read the complete letter by clicking on the PDF link at the bottom of this story.




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