Bulawayo Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Veterinary Surgeon, Dr Anele Dube told the Chronicle that the dog carcasses that they dump are not fit for human consumption since they contain harmful chemicals or infection.
Said Dr Dube:
All carcasses that are sent for disposal from the SPCA are of animals that have been humanely euthanised or those that have died from disease or natural causes. The chemicals used for euthanasia are very dangerous and because of this, none of the animals are fit for human consumption. These animals may be dangerous or even fatal to eat and even any of their body parts may not be used for any other purposes. It is therefore illegal to slaughter dogs, process the meat or other body parts, distribute or sell for any purpose. It is risky, dangerous and may even be fatal to eat meat from dogs in this country.
The warning comes after Bulawayo City Council raided a homeless Bulawayo man identified only as Ndebele last Thursday who was selling dog meat from carcasses taken from a municipal dumpsite.
Bulawayo is Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Its location was selected by the last Matebele king, King lobengula. Bulawayo used to be one of the country’s most attractive cities and a major transport hub for Southern Africa until Zimbabwe entered a period of economic depression in the early 00s. The name Bulawayo is loosely translated ‘the place of slaughter’ or ‘the place of killing’, which is derived from the Ndebele word ‘bulala’ meaning ‘kill’. Read More
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