Rotting carcases raise stink

2011-08-22 00:00

THORNVILLE community members have raised concerns about an abattoir in the area that they allege is dumping animal remains in an open field within a walking distance of their homes.

The residents, who declined to be named, claim the abattoir has been burying animal remains in the field for the past several months at least. They said this is causing an intolerable stench and they are concerned for their health.

The Witness visited the site yesterday and there was indeed a overpowering stench.

There are signs that dumping has been occurring for some time because there are three pits which are seemingly full. Bones, hides and hooves were protruding from the pits and stank badly.

There are also newly dug pits, suggesting the abattoir is preparing to dump more animal remains.

The residents alleged that working in area had become intolerable due to the smell. “We tried calling the municipality, but we did not get any favourable response from them,” said one.

They allege the abattoir was fined by the municipality for a similar offence about two years ago. This could not be confirmed.

“Just today these people came here with a bakkie load of remains and they dumped it there and left it open. The poor people and the dogs are now scavenging on that pit and this could result in people getting sick.

“… the stench that is coming from there is also intolerable,” said a resident.

An official of the abattoir said the management know there is a problem and it is being sorted out.

Richmond Mayor Andrew Ragavaloo said the municipality is not aware of the situation as no official complaint had been reported.

He said he is concerned about the way the abattoir is allegedly conducting its business.

“I do not believe that the health codes allow them to bury the remains of the animals, and if there is a smell there is definitely a problem.”

“We will send an official to investigate and if there is a problem we will advise them on how to properly dispose of the remains, ” said Ragavaloo.

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