Penalties raised on livestock thefts

2020-01-17 12:41:11

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On January 16, the Parliament of Mongolia backed a bill on amendments to the Criminal Code of Mongolia.

As there has been a constant increase in theft of livestock animals in recent years, it is believed that the punishment for animal theft is too lenient. For instance, the law states that a person, who is found guilty of stealing less than 24 small livestock animals (sheep and goat) and 8 large animals (camel, horse and cattle), is given only a community service sentence. 

Therefore, herders’ community have been requiring better legislation and stricter penalties to cause the offender to understand and repent the crime they committed. 

The amendments included livestock animal theft-related offences are punishable by 6 months to 5 years in prison. Punishment for thefts of more than 8 small and 2 large animals is 2-8 years in prison.