Tanzania – 5,000 chicks that were illegally imported from Kenya by three local businessmen, have been burned alive.
The chicks were seized by the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) at the weekend alongside 416 trays of eggs at the Namanga border in Longido District, Arusha Region, Tanzanian newspaper, Daily News, reports. Also confiscated were several tonnes of sugar, salt and 18 bags of tea leaves.
According to Assistant Customs Manager at border, Edwin Iwato, the goods belonged to three Tanzanian businessmen Mr Joseph Sekino, Innocent Minja and Andrew Lyimo.
He said: “We have arrested three traders. They are Mr Joseph Sekino, who was transporting sugar, salt and tea leaves in a truck number T-785 AWV; Mr Innocent Minja who was smuggling 416 trays of eggs as well as 16 kilogrammes of khat in the vehicle with plate number T-443 CQU and Mr Andrew Lyimo who was smuggling 5,000 chicks in the car with registration number T-441 DHW.”
An official in the ministry of livestock, Maria Mashingo, told the Daily Nation that the chicks were imported without the necessary documents and that their entry posed a bird flu risk.
This is the second time the Tanzanian government is burning chicks imported from Kenya on grounds they could spread deadly diseases to the country.
In November, Tanzania burned 6,400 chicks at the same entry point, angering animal rights groups.