Monday, August 19, 2013

A Lagos Butcher selling Tuberculosis Infected Beef(Photos)

The Lagos State government, yesterday, arrested three butchers trading tuberculosis contaminated beef, even as it clamped down on three illegal slaughter slabs in the state.


The butchers were apprehended at Alapere-Ketu axis of state by a team of the Lagos State Environmental and Special infringements task force, commanded by the chairman, Mr. Bayo Sulaiman.

The three illegal slaughter slabs were at Ajegunle, Alapere and Ajelogo.

The older Special aide, SSA, to the state governor on agriculture, Dr. Nureini Funsho, said that efforts will be intensified to clamp down on other illicit and unhygienic abattoirs to safeguard the inhabits of the people.

According to Funsho “government has done so much to dissuade butchers from slaughtering contaminated animals. And this has stopped in our over 20 lawful slabs because taught veterinary doctors are available to examine animals before they are slaughtered.

“And if the animal had been slaughtered before they noticed it, the state government reimburses the butchers.

“Some of these butchers understand that the animals are bad for utilisation but they still slaughter them for sale at these illicit slabs.”

Funsho also blamed the porous state of the country’s boundaries, saying: “Most of the cows slaughtered in Lagos, where traders accept as true that claims for beef is very high, are brought from neighbouring land-locked West Africa nations. And due to the porous boundaries in the homeland, the traders aren’t checked.”

On how the beef contaminated with such infection are detected, he said: “We have lymph nodes that reveal the inner pattern of the disease. one time you kill an animal and open it up, you will glimpse that it will not have the usual animal skin colour.”

The SSA, although, urged residents of the state to patronize lawful slabs because the unwholesome ones are sold in the unaccredited slabs.

talking earlier, Sulaimon said the apprehended butchers would be ascribed to court, adding: “It is only the court that will work out their destiny.

“We will start the clamp-down on illicit abattoirs all through the state. We have alerted them and it’s time for enforcement.”


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