LAHORE: Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Department confiscated around 3,200 kg carcass meat and the meat of sick animals from Kot Kamboh on Thursday.
Officials of Livestock Department raided an illegal slaughter house in the area and seized the meat while it was being loaded onto a mini-truck to be supplied to meat shops in the city.
The officials told media people that carcasses and sick animals were usually brought to the slaughter house from where they would be distributed. The slaughter house was sealed and three suspects were arrested.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Livestock Muhammad Arshad Jatt said a crackdown was underway against unwholesome meat.
He said several teams comprising officers of the Livestock Department and district governments had confiscated 289,320kg substandard meat and had arrested 2,500 people involved in the business this year. He said they had registered 2,000 cases in this regard this year and had fined violators Rs10.56 million. The department has collected Rs9,000 as fines so far, he said.
Arshad Jatt said the government had expedited action against those selling haram meat and the meat of dead animals. “The Livestock Department has also accelerated its operation against butchers selling donkey meat.” Arshad Jatt said officers of the Livestock Department and district government officials had evolved a strategy to put an end to the heinous business once and for all.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2015.