Cruelty against animals on the rise in Tanzania-Mpina

23May 2019
Polycarp Machira
DODOMA
The Guardian
Cruelty against animals on the rise in Tanzania-Mpina

THE government has been alarmed by increasing cases of cruelty to animals in the country, forcing it to come up with strict regulations by July this year, the House was told yesterday.

Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Luhaga Mpina said even government some officials who look after confiscated livestock in most cases violate animal rights.

 

“The ministry is coming up with regulations that will help stop cruelty to animals, especially those in government custody for one reason or the other,” he said.

 According to minister Luhaga in most cases where animals are confiscated for trespass into nation reserve areas, the authority in which they are under awaiting case judgments are always not keen on giving the animals the basic needs, like proper feeding and water.

The minister was responding to a supplementary question by   Morogoro South MP, Prosper Mbena (CCM) who had wanted to know what the government is doing to end cruelty on animals.

Earlier in his basic question he argued that cases of animal cruelty are common among animals like cows, goats and chicken, wondering if the government is working closely with the Tanzania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) to end the problem.

“How many cases of cruelty to animals were recorded between 2108 and 2019 and taken to court?” he asked.

In response the deputy minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Abdalla Ulega said the government is working closely with non-governmental organization on animal rights like TSPCA to provide public education on cruelty to animals.

He said the education is always on how to transport animals, proper use of domestic animals among others, adding that at least 25 extension officers at the animal markets and 300 business people have been trained.

The deputy minister said that in accordance with section 60 of the regulations of animal welfare, those who violate animal rights are to pay  h 50,000 in fine on the spot without appearing in court .

He said between 2018 and 2019 some 3,542 cases on cruelty to animals were recorded in courts whereby 847 were on cows while sheep and goats registered 1,578 as pigs, chicken and donkeys recorded 88,539 and 490 respectively.

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