Cull chicken the Is­lamic way, Mus­lims urged

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KOTA BARU:KOTA BARU: Mus­lims should cull their chicken or birds in­fected by the avian flu or H5N1 ac­cord­ing to the Is­lamic way, Ke­lan­tan Mufti Datuk Mo­hamad Shukri Mo­hamad said.

The re­li­gion ad­heres to a prac­tice where an­i­mals should be slaugh­tered in the most hu­mane way pos­si­ble, Mo­hamad said, adding that this should be done by those who rear freerange chick­ens or birds at home.

“Is­lam pro­hibits its fol­low­ers to be cruel to an­i­mals and if culling is nec­es­sary to pre­vent the virus from spread­ing, then they need to slaugh­ter the live­stock ac­cord­ingly,” he said.

If the pub­lic was un­sure, he said, then wait for the author­i­ties to as­sist but added that it was not wrong to act on their own ac­cord as that could help pre­vent the spread of the dis­ease.

“The peo­ple do not have to wait for the author­i­ties to come and cull chicken or birds in­fected by the virus.”

The H5N1 virus was first de­tected in Kam­pung Pu­lau Tebu near Tun­jong here on March 8.

Within a week, it spread to three other dis­tricts, Pasir Mas, Ba­chok and Pasir Putih.

State Agri­cul­ture, Agro-based In­dus­try and Biotech­nol­ogy Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Che Ab­dul­lah Mat Nawi had an­nounced the de­ci­sion to de­clare a “state dis­as­ter” in ac­cor­dance with the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Or­der 20 on March 15.

This al­lowed the mo­bil­i­sa­tion of re­sources from all state and fed­eral de­part­ments to deal with the out­break.

Mean­while, two more new lo­ca­tions for avian flu were de­tect- ed in Pasir Mas, bring­ing the num­ber of ar­eas hit by the virus in the dis­trict to six.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ve­teri­nary Depart­ment’s state­ment yes­ter­day, the new lo­ca­tions were dis­cov­ered on Fri­day and fol­low­ing the de­tec­tion, 10 sam­ples were taken from two bird own­ers in the dis­trict.

“A to­tal of 554 chicken and birds were culled, while 415 eggs were de­stroyed in yes­ter­day’s (Fri­day’s) op­er­a­tion in the two new ar­eas,” said the state­ment.

The state­ment also re­vealed that 28 ar­eas in six dis­tricts were af­fected, in­volv­ing 43 premises.

Kota Baru recorded the most num­ber of in­fected ar­eas with 14 lo­ca­tions, fol­lowed by Pasir Mas (six) and Tumpat (three).

As of Fri­day, the Ve­teri­nary Depart­ment had culled 30,927 birds and de­stroyed 11,804 eggs.

“The depart­ment has car­ried out sur­veil­lance at th­ese lo­ca­tions and, so far, the of­fi­cers had taken sam­ples from more than 3,000 birds.”

Datuk Mo­hamad Shukri Mo­hamad

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