The following are my thoughts on so-called Praedial Larceny or what I usually call “Farm Thiefing”
I first saw the words “Praedial Larceny” in 1959 and since then, wondered why they should give such a glorified name to such a wicked act.
To my mind there should be a National ZERO Tolerance by ALL Police,etc. to this act and the following should be done:-
(1) Anyone found Trespassing should be beaten on sight or raced off our land and No Trespassing should be allowed;
(2) Anyone found buying or selling stolen or thiefing farm products should be arrested and if proven guilty by the special law courts,should be publicly disgraced by being forced to wear the yellow-green waist coat labeled “I am a Thief’ for 14 days;
(3) The Praedial Larceny Thief should be made to work on our farm for 14 days or more depending on his violation of the farmer;
(4) A list of the names and pictures of the Thief should be published at and updated at each police station and agricultural station;
(5) Everyone found selling farm products should prove the products’ ownership when challenged by patrolling Police;
(6) A Praedial Larceny or “Thiefing” Court be set up ASAP on a dailly basis to try offenders.
These are but a few Ideas for the time being. If there are any questions for more details, please advise.
Dr. E.R. Buckmire