Illegal slaughtering discovered in Brgy. 41-A A +A
Friday, July 18, 2014
A CASE of illegal slaughtering was discovered by officials of Barangay 41 in Bacolod City at the village’s Purok 3 at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Village chief Leonilo Coligado and some of his councilmen found the carcass of a slaughtered carabao lying on a dirty floor with its blood, internal parts, and waste.
Coligado said residents have raised concerns on the illegal slaughtering of large animals especially near a well, which is the only source of water in the community.
He added that the barangay has summoned the animal owner identified as Jun Jun Parar, who is said to be a meat vendor at Libertad Public market.
However, Parar and his companions evaded arrest since policemen of Police Station 4 got delayed in responding to the barangay’s call for assistance.
Coligado urged the Task Force Botagoy to file a case against the suspects, including the meat vendor who owns the “double dead” carabao from Kabankalan City.
Rey Demisana, team leader of Task Force Botagoy, went to the area on Thursday to confiscate the animal carcass, but Coligado has already ordered to bury the carcass which was nearing decomposition.
Demisana said they will remove the temporary structure where the illegal slaughtering was conducted.
“We will continue to monitor the area, and in fact we have asked the permission of the private land owner to allow the team to just come even on wee hours to do a spot check,” he said.
Demisana added that if the operation was not discovered, the condemned carcass could still not enter the public market as the meat vendor will be asked to present a receipt issued by the AVM Bernardo Slaughterhouse and show the AVM and National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) markings to prove that the said carcass underwent proper inspection.
AVM Bernardo Slaughterhouse, private operator of the abattoir owned by the City of Bacolod, had earlier revealed that due to rampant illegal slaughtering, they noted a decrease of up to 80 percent in their clients.
Task Force Botagoy, in-charge of meat inspection in public markets as mandated by City Ordinance No. 459, is tasked to apprehend and confiscate any carcass or parts thereof of any illegally slaughtered animals, including the slaughtering paraphernalia.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 18, 2014.