20 pig carcasses discovered in illegal dumping case at Kampung Simpok, Padawan

The state of the rotting carcasses has led authorities to believe that they were dumped there a few days ago.

By Nancy Nais

PADAWAN, Oct 29: Some 20 pig carcasses were found to have been dumped illegally along the roadside at Kampung Simpok today.

Located about 37km from Kuching, the pile of carcasses is believed to have been left there a few days ago.

When contacted, Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak director Dr Adrian Susin Ambud confirmed the discovery.

“The pigs are suspected to have died from African Swine Fever (ASF). Samples have been taken for laboratory confirmation.

“Our staff from Serian division have disposed of the carcasses today, together with the help of RELA officers and the Kampung Simpok village head,” he said.

DVSS and RELA officers from Serian disinfecting the area where the carcasses were found.

Dr Adrian warned that those found guilty of such actions would be charged under Section 29 of the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance 1999 for disposal of animals, and can be fined up to RM2,000 while those who dispose without approval can be fined up to RM1,000 under Section 32 of the same Ordinance.

DVSS from Serian and RELA officers cooperated to dispose of the pig carcasses in the proper manner.

Meanwhile, DVSS has assured the public that ASF does not affect humans, and pork sold at markets are safe for human consumption as they are supplied from disease-free farms.

“The price of pork has increased due to the reduction in pig population. However, supplies are sufficient for local demand.

“We expect the situation will go back to normal once it has improved,” Dr Adrian added.

He also advise farmers to take farm biosecurity seriously and to isolate their pigs to minimise contact if there are any suspected cases of ASF and to inform DVSS immediately. — DayakDaily