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Animal quarantine station in hot water for burying chickens alive

Nov 22. 2019
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By The Nation

Officials of Songkhla Animal Quarantine Station and Malaysia’s Padang Besar Custom House have come under fire after a video clip showing some 4,000 chickens smuggled in from Malaysia being buried alive was posted on the social media on November 21. 

After stopping the smugglers’ trucks on November 19, the officers decided to bury all the chickens as demanded by the Animal Epidemics Act which states that all illegally imported animals must be destroyed. 

However, burying animals alive goes against the regulation of the Department of Livestock Development (DLD), which states that poultry must be euthanized or have their necks snapped before burial so that they suffer less. 

The station explained that the number of chickens was hard to handle so they used an easier method to solve the problem.

DLD’s Division of Veterinary Inspection and Quarantine was recently notified about the incident and has ordered Songkhla Animal Quarantine Station to provide a more detailed explanation of their actions.

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