Il­le­gal dump­ing of an­i­mals now pos­ing dis­ease risks

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS - SIOBHÁN ENGLISH

FARM­ERS have been ad­vised to seek help from their lo­cal District Ve­teri­nary Of­fice (DVO) rather than re­sort to the il­le­gal dump­ing of dead an­i­mals.

“Help is there if needed,” said Colm O’Donnell of the INHFA.

Mr O’Donnell’s com­ments came af­ter more re­ports in re­cent weeks of dead lambs, ewes and calves be­ing dumped il­le­gally in coun­ties Ca­van, Meath, Donegal and West­meath.

“We do not con­done this and while a lot of farm­ers have al­ready sought help, there are many oth­ers who can avail of the ser­vice,” said Mr O’Donnell. “Their DVO will act swiftly to help them. We will be send­ing out a text alert to all our mem­bers next week as a reminder.”

In one re­cent in­ci­dent, five calves and three ewes were found dumped by the road­side near Fanad, Co Donegal.

A state­ment from Donegal County Coun­cil con­firmed that the an­i­mals have been dis­posed via an ap­pro­pri­ate li­censed fa­cil­ity. The mat­ter is now un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Car­casses

An­other in­ci­dent in Louth, on the N53 Dun­dalk to Castle­blayney road, in­volved the re­mains of a dead calf.

There have also been re­ports of dead lambs, sheep and calves dumped near forestry out­side Kille­shan­dra in Ca­van, as well as sev­eral bags of dead lambs found in a ditch on the N55 out­side Athlone.

Some car­casses have been found in streams and rivers which can lead to the spread of cryp­tosporid­ium.

It is be­lieved that some farm­ers who have al­ready suf­fered fi­nan­cial loss ow­ing to the bad win­ter are cutting cor­ners to save money. With the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tags re­moved, pros­e­cu­tion can prove dif­fi­cult.

The cost of dis­pos­ing of a calf up to six months old varies between €25 to €50, while the dis­posal of a new­born lamb can cost as lit­tle as €1.

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