Malawi Police Service (MPS) in collaboration with three non-governmental organisations in the country has bemoaned an increase of selling live animals in roadside within city boundaries refer to such tendency exposes animals to cruelty, an increase in rabies cases and other diseases.
MPS, Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development (DAHLD), Lilongwe City Council (LCC) and Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (LSPCA) bemoans through a press release made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Thursday.
Press release was signed by Central Region Police spokesperson Nolliettie Chimala, Director of Animal Health and Livestock Development in Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Dr. Patrick Chikungwa and Director of Health and Social Services, Lilongwe City Council Vitto Mulula.
The statement says Protection of Animals Act of 1970, Cap 66:01, Section 3 (1) (a) clearly prohibits any person to cruelly beat, kick, ill-treat, overload, override, torture, infuriate, terrify cause to procure and permit unnecessary suffering to animals.
Section 3 (1) (b) forbids carrying or conveying, or permitting in a manner or position as to cause unnecessary suffering to animals.
“The Act lists animals under Domestic or Captive. Domestic animals include horse, ass, mule, bull, sheep, pig, goat, cat, dog or fowl or any other animal tamed to serve man. Captive animals include any animal not domestic which is in captivity or confinement,” statement reads.
The statement warned the public to stop with immediate effect the tendency of selling and buying of animals in undesignated places, citing such a tendency is exposing animals to cruelty.
For Pets (dogs and cats); people within Lilongwe urban are being advised to buy them in designed places such as LSPCA, (situated in Kanengo, close to Kapani Limited). All Creatures (Area 9 behind Civo Stadium) or at any registered veterinary clinic
For other livestock (Goats, sheep, pigs, poultry, rabbits etc.); people are advised to buy and sell at designated markets and places in consultation with the LCC.
“Any person found buying, selling, carrying or mishandling animals in city streets shall be apprehended in accordance with section 9 which empowers the police to arrest without a warrant any person believed to be guilty of any offence under the Act,” Chihana warned.