Cattle farmers on the East Coast of Demerara whose straying animals were been picked up by stray catchers are claiming that the process is flawed.
The claim came in the wake of a stray catching campaign which was carried out last Friday in the Coldingen and surrounding areas.
Joyce Adonis, one of the affected cattle owners stated that for one, the captured animals are being kept in unsuitable conditions at the stipulated pounds and they are being underfed.
The woman stated that “not even lil water dem giving the cows” and this has resulted in the death of a couple of them in the two days that the animals have been at the Cove and John pound.
Kaieteur News spoke to the supervisor of the stray catching exercises, Mr. Ovid Glasgow, who stated that the cattle owners in the area were informed since last year of the new penalties pertaining to straying animals. He further stated that during this week there were news bulletins in the media notifying livestock owners of the stray catching activities.
Glasgow said that the aim of these exercises was to alleviate the danger posed by stray animals on the main roads, which he added so often cause accidents and road fatalities.
He stated that no animal would be picked up in persons’ yard and he informed that his duty was to oversee the proceedings and prevent any possible corruption.
For a violator to reclaim his animal, a fee of $5000 must be paid and an additional $200 for every day spent at the pound. However, the owners must present their brand to verify that the animal is in fact theirs.
Melanie Damishana cattle farmer Thomas Rouse told this newspaper that he was rather unfortunate because youths from his village had chased his cattle on to the road.
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