The Manual for the Prevention of Stock Theft is an updated 2nd edition, published on behalf of the National Stock Theft Prevention Forum. The guide covers all aspects of stock theft and how to combat it. The two best-known Acts applicable to stock theft – the Animal Identification Act and the Stock Theft Act – are dealt with in detail. Other relevant legislation is also discussed, e.g. the Trespassing Act and the Fencing Act.

The correct steps officials should take once stock has been stolen, how the Criminal Procedure Act works and where to seek assistance if you are dissatisfied, are highlighted. The various articles of the Acts that are discussed are quoted verbatim at the beginning of the discussion (in grey boxes), followed by a discussion of the implications for livestock owners.