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February 24, 1999, Cuba Free Press.

GOVERNMENT TALES NEW MEASURES AGAINST CATTLE THEFT By Marvin Hernández Monzón, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - The government has adopted the "corraleta," a new measure designed to reduce cattle theft in Ranchuelos, a municipality of the central Province of Villa Clara, according to Isabel Rey Rodríguez, Cuba Press reporter in that area.

In the big "corraletas," i.e., corals or fenced areas used for these mammals, the cattle are brought in at the end of the afternoon for custody during the night. For that service, the managers pay 20 pesos per animal.

The reporter said that in Ranchuelos alone there were 375 cattle stolen and butchdered in 1997. After the introduction of the "corraleta," thefts dropped to 208 in 1998.

Private cattle owners are fined 500 pesos whenever they are robbed the first time. The second time the fine goes up to a thousand pesos plus the confiscation of the rest of the cattle.

Marvin Hernández Monzón, Cuba Free Press.


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