Probe Ordered for Culling of 4,000 Chickens in Songkhla

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BANGKOK, Nov 22  – Livestock Development Department director-general Sorawit Thaneeto ordered a fact-finding committee be set up to investigate the killing of 4,000 chickens, smuggled from neighbouring country of Malaysia.

His order came after a complaint was lodged on Nov 20 that the burial of live poultry by the Songkhla Quarantine Station was inhumane.

If the investigation finds the slaughter does not comply with good practice and guidelines of mercy killing, disciplinary action will be taken against officials involved.

Meanwhile, Head of Songkhla Animal Quarantine Station initially reported that officials at the border checkpoint seized live chicken, kept in 664 plastic baskets.

They were put under the shade of trees with good ventilation. However, many chickens gradually die under suspicious conditions on the following day.

Veterinarians saw them have breathing problems and the necropsy found irregularities in their respiratory system. To prevent the spread of the diseases, the culling was done humanely by breaking their necks to make them unconscious swiftly before burying them under the regulation of the livestock development department, the report said. (TNA)