Animal pounds to address stray issues

Stray animals on our roads. Picture: FT FILE

Stray animals on our roads. Picture: FT FILE

Update: 4:36PM THE Ministry for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development has so far completed three animal pounds of the 12 animal pounds that is to be constructed by the ministry.

This was highlighted by the line Minister, Inia Seruiratu while responding to a question by Opposition MP Samuela Vunivalu in Parliament last week on the issue of stray animals.

Mr Vunivalu had asked if the minister could inform the House as to what plans the ministry had to control farm animals from straying onto the Queens and Kings highways.

Mr Seruiratu said there were 11 existing pounds in Fiji and, unfortunately, some of those pounds had been neglected over the years.

He said the three constructed animal pounds were in Vitawa in Rakiraki, and two in Vanua Levu – Wainigata in Savusavu and Seaqaqa in Macuata.

Mr Seruiratu said stray animals were bound under the two main Acts, the Pounds Act of Cap. 165 and the Trespass of Animals Act and Brands Act, Cap. 163.

“The unfortunate thing is when our communities do not look after the animals, this is when the Acts that I have stated come into play. We have to enforce it because complaints are not only coming from our farming communities but also in the tikina and provincial council meetings as well.”

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