ILLEGAL slaughtering of animals has reportedly become rampant in Bacolod City as many meat vendors no longer avail themselves of the slaughtering services of AVM Bernardo Engineering, the authorized slaughterhouse of the City Government.

Reports reaching Sun.Star Bacolod indicated that some meat vendors are slaughtering their animals such as cow, hog and carabao in their own backyards, not conforming to the existing laws on slaughtering.

Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez proposed a resolution requesting the City Veterinary Office through the Office of the Mayor and AVM Bernardo to safeguard the health of the public consuming meat from food animals in adherence to City Ordinance 459 of 2008, or “The Illegal Slaughtering Ordinance of Bacolod City” and in consonance with Republic Act (RA) 10536.

RA 10536 is the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines.

The resolution stated that the present city slaughterhouse operated by AVM Bernardo is much improved in terms of sanitation and efficiency compared to the old one in Barangay 35.

It has been observed as of late the prevalence of illegal slaughtering of food animals and the proliferation of meat sold in the various markets in the city, which were not slaughtered in the city slaughterhouse but in unaccredited slaughterhouses, and without undergoing prior inspection by the CVO, it said.

The resolution said it is imperative that the City Government of Bacolod should put an end to these illegal slaughtering practices and to the selling of food animal meats in the various markets in the city, which were not slaughtered in the city abattoir.

This poses great risk and danger to the welfare and health safety of the consuming public, let alone to the constituents of the City of Bacolod, it added.