Drive against pig menace restarts
By Karthik Subramanian
CHENNAI, FEB. 7. After a gap of more than a year, the Corporation has recommenced its drive to capture stray pigs in the city. But, the method of slaughter of the animals, by slitting their throat and burying them at the Kodungaiyur dumping yard, threatens to become an issue.
Following complaints of stray pig menace, especially in areas adjoining Anderson Road in Ayanavaram, Ekangipuram in Villivakkam, Teynampet Housing Board Colony, Kuravan Kulam near Moore Market and Choolaimedu areas, the civic agency has hired pigcatchers from Madurai. They will be deployed in each zone on a turn basis. They will get Rs. 70 per animal captured. In previous years, the civic agency deployed local pigcatchers, who had backed off after threats from those breeding the animals for meat.
``The drive had been stalled for more than a year owing to the difficulty in bringing pigcatchers from other parts of the State. The Corporation will now be on the offensive,'' the Health Officer said.
On Wednesday, more than 10 pigs were captured in the Teynampet area. After slitting their throats, the animals were buried in the Kodungaiyur dumping yard in the presence of veterinary assistant surgeons. The Corporation does not have any permission to shoot the animals, as such clearance has to come from the city police.
Meanwhile, a Corporation official, who supervised the operations on Monday, suggested that the pigs be handed over to zoo authorities, where the meat could be fed to the carnivores, instead of the ``brutal killings''. The civic agency is mulling over the idea.
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