The theft of more than $1.2m worth of livestock from farms in Western Australia last year has prompted the Western Australian Farmers Federation to call for stricter guidelines on where pet food manufacturers source their meat.
WAFF meat section chair Jeff Murray has told ABC Radio that there are no regulations surrounding the origin of meat used in pet food, which could be helping thieves by making it easier to sell stolen animals to pet food manufacturers without having to identify their source.
"Pet food manufacturers don't require a paper trail for animals that come into them," he said.
"So you can sell cattle mainly but big chucks of meat to pet food manufacturers for about 60 cents a kilo and not have any traceability to go with it."
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