The Animal Identification Act and the Stock Theft Act are the two acts generally associated with stock theft. There are other acts that are also contravened when stock is stolen, such as the Fencing Act (Act 31 of 1963) and the Trespass Act (Act 6 of 1959). Farmers must be aware of the content of this legislation and the additional offences under these acts that could be added to the charge sheet of the stock thief.