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Osun Assembly passes anti-open grazing bill, other

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Proposes three-year jail term for defaulters
The Osun State House of Assembly, yesterday, passed a bill to regulate open animal grazing and establishment of cattle ranches and other related matters.

The Assembly also passed into law Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill 2021.

The Speaker, Timothy Owoeye, at plenary, noted that the bill when passed into law would prevent the destruction of farms, crops by open rearing and grazing of livestock.

Owoeye added that the bill would also prevent killings, sexual molestation, protect the environment from degradation and pollution caused by open rearing and grazing of livestock.

He stated that from the commencement of the bill, no person or group of persons shall rear, herd, or graze any livestock in any part of the state except within permitted ranches.

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Besides, he said any herdsman or group of herdsmen who graze, herd or rear cattle or livestock outside permitted ranches after the commencement of the bill shall be guilty of an offence and would be liable to three years imprisonment.

“Any person or group who contravenes the provisions of sub-sections (1) and (2) of this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of not less than three years without any option of fine as well as forfeiture of the herds of cattle or livestock under his or her control to the state government.

“A minor is prohibited from grazing, rearing or herding of livestock except under the supervision of an adult.

“A minor who contravenes the provision of Section 3 (4) committed an offence, and the guardian or parent of the minor or owner of the livestock as the case may be, shall be vicariously liable on conviction to a fine of N300,000,” the Speaker stressed, among others.

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