CONSIDERING that adult cattle are essential to the livelihoods and economic growth of our people, especially agricultural workers, because these adult cattle are the working animals of our farmers and the source of fresh meat and dairy products for our people, providing raw materials for our tannery and canning industry; Large cattle used here include cow, carabao, horse, mule, donkey or other domesticated member of the cattle family. Cattle rustling is the taking of any of the above animals by any means, method or scheme whatsoever, without the consent of the owner/breeder, whether or not they were committed with or without violence against or without intimidation of a person, or whether they were committed with or without violence against a person or intimidation of things. This involves killing large cattle or taking meat or skin with you without the consent of the owner/breeder. WHEREAS law enforcement reports show that there is a resurgence, especially in rural areas, of cattle rustling, commonly referred to as “cattle rustling”, which directly affects the livelihoods of agricultural workers and affects our food production programme for self-sufficiency in rice, maize and other staple foods, as well as fresh meat; CONSIDERING that there is an urgent need to protect the large livestock industry and small livestock farmers from the harmful activities of anarchic elements in order to encourage our hard-working herders and farmers to raise more livestock and focus on their own. Owners/keepers include the shepherd, custodian, employee or tenant of a business or institution engaged in the breeding of large livestock, or other persons legally belonging to such livestock. The following terms mean and should be understood as defined herein:.