The Osun State House of Assembly has passed a bill to regulate animal grazing and establishments of cattle ranches and other related matters in the state.
The assembly also passed into law Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill 2021.
The Speaker, Hon. Timothy Owoeye at plenary noted that the bill passed into law will prevent the destruction of farms, crops by open rearing and grazing of livestock.
Owoeye added that the bill will also prevent killings, sexual molestation, and protect the environment from degradation and pollution caused by open rearing and grazing of livestock.
He held that as 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.
The speaker added that any herdsman or group of herdsman who graze herd or rear cattle or livestock outside permitted ranches after the commencement of the bill shall be guilty of an offence.
“Any herdsman or pastoralist who attacks or threatens to track any farmer, person or commuter whether or not injury is occasioned by the attack shall be guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction to a term of imprisonment of not less than one year without an option of fine.
“Conveyance of livestock on foot from one destination to another in the state is prohibited, except such movement is by Rail Wagon or Truck or pick-up wagon and is within 7:00am, to 6:00pm” Owoeye said.