Man­dalay cracks down on an­i­mal roam­ing

The Myanmar Times - - News - – Maung Zaw, trans­la­tion by Emoon

MAN­DALAY City Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee will take ac­tion against un­li­censed an­i­mal breed­ers and own­ers who let their live­stock roam freely on roads within the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Fines will be levied against own­ers whose an­i­mals cause ob­struc­tions on Man­dalay’s roads, the mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­ity an­nounced this week. The fines will range be­tween K10,000 and K200,000 de­pend­ing on the num­ber and type of an­i­mal.

Ac­tion will also be taken against un­li­censed breed­ers, own­ers who tie their an­i­mals out­side of their prop­er­ties and own­ers whose an­i­mals defe­cate in pub­lic ar­eas.

“At first in­stance, we will fine peo­ple for un­li­cenced breed­ing and for dis­or­derly herd­ing of an­i­mals on roads. Then we will in­sti­tute court pro­ceed­ings if they are found to vi­o­late our city devel­op­ment laws again,” said an MCDC of­fi­cial on Oc­to­ber 17.

“We want peo­ple to keep and care for their an­i­mals in a dis­ci­plined way. We don’t want other peo­ple dis­turbed or in­con­ve­nienced by dis­or­derly an­i­mals,” the of­fi­cial added.

Some res­i­dents felt the mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials were re­act­ing too strongly.

“[MCDC] should ed­u­cate peo­ple liv­ing in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity who work with live­stock be­fore they fine them for vi­o­la­tions. Some horse cart drivers only have one horse but it will still cost them a lot of money if their an­i­mal mis­be­haves,” said U Soe Naing, a Man­dalay res­i­dent.

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