Ownership of cows stripped of any identity tags is difficult. But rustlers now have to contend with a new lab that can determine the DNA of the animals.
The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal inaugurated the lab Monday in Lagunilla de Heredia. The Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería and the Judicial Investigating Organization see the lab as a new tool in fighting cattle thefts.
Such crimes are rampant in rural areas. Although some cows are killed for the meat, large numbers of cows can be taken away in the night by an organized group of thieves. DNA can be compared to samples kept by a breeder or they can show the cow’s ancestry.