first_imgThe ‘filthy’ condition of Monrovia Slaughter House coupled with the “reckless” handling of animals in the popular site has forced lawmakers to take action aimed at bringing the situation to a halt.The Monrovia Slaughter House, located on Jamaica Road on Somalia Drive, has been a focus of negative attraction for commercial animals over the years thereby prompting concerns from public health experts and others about the handling of animals and materials used in processing meat for the general public consumption.With these concerns looming, the House of Representatives has mandated its functionaries to assist in tackling the problem.Plenary yesterday mandated its committees on Agriculture and Health to investigate the movement of animals, particularly cows, goats and sheep in the Jamaica Road vicinity in an effort to foster a civilized, peaceful and clean environment.The House’s action was informed by a communication addressed to that August body by Grand Kru County Representative Numene T. H. Bartekwa.Bartekwa had complained of the risk posed by animals allowed to move in the streets and the health condition the moving animals transport to human environment.“Institutions and individuals who are engaged in the management and sale of animals – especially cows – at the Slaughter House usually take these huge size of animals in their hundreds and spread them on the road to and from Johnsonville, outside Monrovia with no regard to the lives and properties of people located and commuting along that road just for the intention of going to feed the animals,” Bartekwa declared.According to him, said action has been causing many problems on a daily basis including, but not limited to “obstruction of free flow of traffic, kids injuring themselves when running from the animals as well as from those in charge of the animals.”Bartekwa opted for the appearance of the Ministers of Agriculture, Justice and Police Director Chris Massaquoi to answer to questions about animals’ movement and the health condition of the area.The Grand Kru Lawmaker’s quest was tabled when Montesrrado County Representative, Julius Berrian’s motion called for the line ministries and agencies to be investigated by committees and committees make a report to plenary in two weeks before any action would be instituted, if it becomes necessary. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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