Coun­cil de­clares war on goat sell­ers

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THE Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil has re­port­edly re­solved to drive out goat sell­ers in Kelvin In­dus­trial ar­eas this month fol­low­ing com­plaints of sell­ing unin­spected meat as well as cru­elty to an­i­mals.

The lo­cal author­ity says ac­cord­ing to the by-laws, the goats are clas­si­fied as stray an­i­mals.

BCC Se­nior Pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Mrs Ne­sisa Mpofu said the move to en­gage goat sell­ers fol­lows com­plaints from res­i­dents.

“The City of Bu­l­awayo has been re­ceiv­ing nu­mer­ous com­plaints from in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions on goats roam­ing around the city. On the health as­pect, the com­plaints have been on the sell­ing of unin­spected meat to the pub­lic which is also an of­fence,” she said.

Mrs Mpofu said they (goat sell­ers) were also ac­cused of cru­elty to an­i­mals as con­fin­ing them and starv­ing them of food and wa­ter is an of­fence as well as hu­man and an­i­mal con­flict.

“Be­cause of the above rea­sons and by-laws goats roam­ing around the city are clas­si­fied as stray an­i­mals. Coun­cil is work­ing on a mech­a­nism to ac­com­mo­date all stake­hold­ers and goat keep­ers inclusive to a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive place,” she said.

“Coun­cil is in di­a­logue with all the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers that in­clude ZRP, Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices, SPCA, Agri­tex (LPD) Coun­cil Health In­spec­torate, with a view of ad­dress­ing all the nec­es­sary chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with this mat­ter and com­ing up with an ac­cept­able solution to all the af­fected par­ties. Fur­ther di­rec­tions will be given once the mat­ter has been con­cluded.”

A source from BCC said coun­cil rangers had made a res­o­lu­tion to drive out the goat sell­ers as from Jan­uary 9 and was also moot­ing set­ting up feed­lots for the goat sell­ers.

“There mustn’t be any goats by Jan­uary 9, any goats found there would be raided and con­fis­cated by coun­cil and taken to Aisleby Farm be­fore they are auc­tioned,” said the of­fi­cial.

The of­fi­cial said the de­ci­sion comes as a disease preven­tion and con­trol mea­sure to both hu­mans and an­i­mals as in most cases the goats are not in­spected be­fore slaugh­ter.

“Some peo­ple are even slaugh­ter­ing the goats there and it’s il­le­gal. No one in­spects that meat. Be­fore the an­i­mals are slaugh­tered, the an­i­mals health of­fi­cer in­spec­tor has to in­spect it to check if it is not in­fected by any disease then it goes to the slaugh­ter then comes to the meat in­spec­tor who checks if the meat is suitable for hu­man con­sump­tion then its stamped then it goes to the butcher.

If there is a disease out­break in that area and peo­ple just buy that meat it also af­fects peo­ple. That’s what we are try­ing to con­trol,” said the of­fi­cial.

The of­fi­cial said they were work­ing on tight­en­ing laws as the goat sell­ers falsely supply in­for­ma­tion to the police and vet­eri­nary of­fi­cials when mov­ing the goats to Bu­l­awayo.

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