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April 1, 1999, Cuba Free Press. >

GOVERNMENT AIMS NEW ARMY AT 'SINS OF THE FLESH' By Ariel Tapia, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - An army of 15,000 well trained and equipped men plus 125,000 additional rearguards in the form of informers are fighting the final battle of this century in Cuba: The one declared against butchers and sellers of illegal beef.

These patrols, organized by the Ministries of the Interior and Agriculture keep a watch day and night on the security of State farms. At the same time, throughout the island, there are 200,000 cattle owners, without land, allowed to possess no more than four cows and three horses. Many of these country folks bring their cattle into their backyards, indeed sometimes will sleep with them under the same roof.

This war extends to a judicial plane: To buy this illegal beef can carry punishment of up to three years in prison. For the owner of an animal sacrificed without the permission of the police looms a penalty of up to five years; for one selling the beef, eight long years. The worst sentence is reserved for the one doing the butchering (considered professionals, stealing from the state), for them there is a 15-year sentence.

Ariel Tapia, Cuba Free Press.


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