Police appeal to goat thieves


December 23, 2015
File More than 35 goats were stolen from a farm in St James on Sunday.

The Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU) is appealing to anyone with information that can assist the police in the recovery of animals stolen from a farm in Fairfield, in Irwin, St James, on Sunday, to contact them at 1-888-429-5662 or the nearest police station.

Reports from the Granville police are that a farmer had gone to visit his farm about 7 a.m. when he noticed goats were missing.

Further checks revealed that 35 animals were slaughtered on the farm and parts of their bodies and unborn foetus left on the scene. Two dogs used to provide security were also killed.

The goats were said to value approximately $2 million.

The PLPU is reminding persons that no pregnant animal must be slaughtered unless inspected by a registered veterinary surgeon/practitioner, certifying in writing that the animal is fit for human consumption.

This constitutes a breach of the Livestock Control Order (1973) and the Public Health Act. Therefore, consumers must be mindful of where they get their meat, as this can be harmful to their heath, as consuming such meat could lead to serious health concerns.

Farmers are also being reminded to register with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and ] Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), as it will not only ensure farmers are regularised, but will provide them with access to the National Animal Identification and Traceability System to assist with tagging animals and ensuring effective use of DNA to track animals in the future.

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