Mandalay cracks down on animal roaming
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.