KARACHI - Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar has directed the veterinary services department to take necessary measures to prevent illegal slaughtering of animals in the city under animal slaughtering control act and ensure supply of hygienic meat to the consumers through KMC slaughterhouse and 26 meat markets.

He was presiding over a meeting on Veterinary Services Department here on Tuesday, which was attended by City Council parliamentary leader Aslam Shah Afridi, Land Committee Chairman Syed Arshad Hassan, Veterinary Services Committee Chairman Syed Muzammil Shah, Municipal Commissioner Dr Asghar Abbas, director veterinary services and other officers. He said in order to cater to the needs of the city a new slaughterhouse had been planned near Northern Bypass in Orangi where three thousand big animals could be slaughtered per day. He said soon meat van and container system would be introduced in the city to ensure safe and proper delivery of meat from the slaughterhouse and meat markets.

Waseem, on the occasion, was given a detailed briefing on the Veterinary Services Department and its functions.

It was informed that animals were brought to the city from up country for both the provision of meat and milk.

Landhi Cattle Colony Slaughterhouse was being presently rehabilitated whereas the upgradation of North Karachi Slaughterhouse was also underway and the infrastructure of Cattle Colony, Bilal Colony Korangi was being currently developed to provide better facilities.

4500 big animals and 6500 small animals were slaughtered at Landhi Slaughterhouse per week whereas 1,400 big animals were slaughtered in North Karachi Slaughterhouse per week. Landhi and Korangi Cattle Colony have thousands of cattle farms (Baras) with 0.5 million and 120,000 mulching animals respectively.

The mayor directed that recovery of licence fee from meat and poultry shops in the city must be ensured on timely basis and the staff deputed for this should be directed to perform their duty in a better way.

He said all concerned rules and regulations should be taken into consideration regarding issues pertaining to veterinary services.