In Summary
  • The chicks worth Sh577, 000 were impounded on Monday at Namanga Border Post in Longido district, Arusha region, before being burnt on Tuesday.
  • The Tanzanian government banned chick importation in 2007.
  • The chicks were owned by Arusha-based businesswomen Mary Matia, who is in police custody.

Veterinarians in Tanzania have condemned the country's s decision to burn 6,400 chicks which were illegally imported from Kenya.

The chicks worth Sh577, 000 (Tsh12.5 million) were impounded on Monday at Namanga Border Post in Longido district, Arusha region, before they were burnt on Tuesday.

Expressing his concern, executive director of a non-governmental organisation, Tanzania Animal Welfare Society Dr Thomas Kahema suggested that there were alternative was to curb outbreak of animal diseases such as bird flu apart from burning the imported chicks.

DISEASES

According to him the best option was to return the chicks to the primary owner, if the reason was to really protect outbreak of diseases.

“The decision has distorter image of the country to our neighbour, no one expected if that would be possible,” he told The Citizen.

Other concerns were from social media as many users expressed their concerns on the government decision.

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