SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 — The Department of Agriculture (DA) urges backyard swine raisers to report to their municipal or city veterinarians incidents of sick or dead pigs in a bid to curb the spread of the African swine fever.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar made the call following numerous reports of pigs found floating along Marikina River and Quezon City waters.
“It was utterly irresponsible on the part of the backyard raisers as they did not only violate current laws, but their misdoing also spread the disease pathogens much faster,” said Dar.
Dar says by not reporting incidents of dead or sick pigs, backyard raisers have committed multiple violations such as failure to provide swine with adequate care and dumping dead pigs in public places like waterways.
The Agriculture chief also reminded backyard raisers of strict protocols to be followed when disposing sick animals that have died.
“The irresponsible dumping of dead pigs simply adds scare to the public, and this should not be tolerated. The perpetrators must be punished in accordance with the law,” Dar said.