African Swine Flu Outbreak: Sale of pork banned in Nilgiris after 30 wild boars die

African Swine Flu Outbreak: Sale of pork banned in Nilgiris after 30 wild boars die

The Animal Husbandry Department said action would be initiated against farmers or owners of pig farms, who slaughter and sell pork in the Nilgiris.

N ChithraUpdated: Sunday, January 08, 2023, 08:49 PM IST
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Following the outbreak of African swine fever in wild boars in Mudumalai (Tamil Nadu) and Bandipur (Karnataka) Tiger Reserves, the sale of pork has been banned in the picturesque Nilgiris, a hill district in western Tamil Nadu.

The authorities have imposed a ban on transportation of animals or meat outside the Nilgiris, which boasts scenic tourist destinations including Ooty (Udhagamandalam), Coonoor and Gudalur.

The Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in the district is contiguous with the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in neighbouring Karnataka.

Pig Farmers Ordered to Erect Fences

The Animal Husbandry Department said action would be initiated against farmers or owners of pig farms, who slaughter and sell pork in the Nilgiris. The ban will be effective till further notice and the African swine fever, which broke out last week, is brought under control.

Officials said samples of carcasses of wild boars lifted in the Mudumualai Tiger Reserve had shown that some had died of African swine fever. While at least 30 wild boars have died so far, the disease has not spread to domestic pig population in the hill region.

Pig farmers and livestock owners in the district have been asked to erect fences and barriers to prevent them from coming in contact with wild boars.

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