Dog meat peddlers resurface in Bulawayo

Dog carcasses hung out to dry near the NRZ Steam Shed in Bulawayo. A homeless man has been skinning dogs put down by the SPCA and selling the meat to residents

 Whinsley Masara, Chronicle Reporter
Bulawayo City Council and an animal rights body have warned the public to desist from buying meat from the street amid fears that dog meat vendors could be back on the market.

The warning comes after three men were found skinning dogs at the municipal dumpsite in the city recently.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) animal inspector Mr Dumisani Sibanda said the three fled from the scene.

He urged residents to buy meat from registered butcheries.

“There was clear signs that people were back and digging for dog carcasses and skinning and selling the meat to unsuspicious residents. All carcasses that are sent for disposal from the SPCA are of animals that have been humanely euthanised or those that have died from disease or natural causes,” he said.

Mr Sibanda said the chemicals used to euthanise the animals are very dangerous and because of this, none of the animals are fit for human consumption.

“These animals may be dangerous or even fatal to eat and even any of their body parts may not be used for any other purposes. It is therefore illegal to slaughter dogs, process the meat or other body parts, distribute or sell for any purpose. It is risky, dangerous and may even be fatal to eat meat from dogs in this country,” he said.

Bulawayo City Council senior public relations officer, Mrs Nesisa Mpofu confirmed that it is likely that dog meat is available for sale on the informal market.

Mrs Mpofu said no arrests have been made so far in connection with the matter.

He said council and the Zimbabwe Republic Police are working together to stop the sale of meat on the streets.

“Residents are warned against buying meat from unauthorised sources and council will continue to monitor the situation on the ground. They are advised of the dangers of consuming uninspected meat,” she said.

“There are diseases which can be transmitted through consumption of diseased animal meat, the diseases are commonly referred to as zoonotic diseases.

“Statutory Instrument 50 of 1995 prohibits the sale, keeping, transport or exposure for sale any meat or offal unless it has been obtained from animals or birds that have been slaughtered in a registered slaughter-house and the meat or offal has been inspected by a meat inspector and passed as unconditionally fit for human consumption.”

In August last year, a veterinary surgeon warned people not eat dog meat as doing so could result in illness or death.

The warning followed an incident in which the Bulawayo City Council raided a homeless Bulawayo man identified only as Ndebele who was selling dog meat from carcasses taken from a municipal dumpsite.

The man had been skinning carcasses of dogs that would have been put down by the SPCA.

He said most of his customers bought the meat for resale and they never asked him any questions on the meat’s origins.

The homeless man said he charged $5 for a 10kg packet of the meat and sometimes customers with no money gave him chicks in exchange for the meat.

During that same month, a BCC municipal police officer was attacked by three men looking for carcasses at its dump site, an incident that the municipality said raises suspicions about the existence of a syndicate selling dog meat. —@winnie_masara

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  • Predator

    Why not burn the carcases after putting them down? I put the blame on the SPCA and City council.

    • Mthwakazian

      That’s exactly what I had in mind.

    • Mad Hatter

      Too lazy

  • Brutal Truth

    Why not just build an authorized abattoir & legalise the sell & eating of dog meat in Bulawayo once & for all.The demand seems to be high for the product over there….& why not.People are getting fat from rotting dog meat dug up from a dog graveyard now imagine what fresh & properly processed dog meat could to them.They will all grow bulgy pot bellies like Lobengula himself kkkkk

    • Galveston

      I saw a dog dragging its backside along a stretch of grass after defecating. That’s what you regularly do on this platform!!

      • Brutal Truth

        & every time I “defecate” you’re there hovering over my comments,sorry, I mean excrement, like the krap loving little fly you are

        • Galveston

          Not such a smart response at all. I see you’re wearing in your engagements with me? Drop it; you won’t last the distance. You see ; I’m finger tapping, physically and intellectually fit! I’m better than an “Ever Ready” battery when it comes to staying power!!

          • Brutal Truth

            Wearing in my foot!
            Never mistake verbosity & eloquence for intelligence.In your line of business maybe,not mine.& Let me remind you that I’m not the one encroaching into your lane here idiot.I give zero f#cks on what you have to say here & when.Who’s worth who’s time here?Hauvaraidze mugodhoyi.shure inehonye.You think I came here to knit together coherent essays & decorate sentences with big sounding words that earn you absolutely nothing?? I came here to remind kuti musatanyoko mwana wehure,your fathers were rapists & thieves & your mothers are now cheap Hos. Sascam

          • Galveston

            Your current comment confirms my assessment of your mental and physical condition as I have eluded to in the contribution to which you’re responding. Some people think that resorting to obscenities (foul words) is a sure fire way of getting on top in an argument. Unfortunately it’s not! Instead it highlights an insecure and weak-minded character; which incidentally neatly portrays your own condition. As for the shona words you used. …. well I don’t speak or understand your language, so those things do not mean anything to me. Neither would they if I did. Concerning you jibe about my long departed mother, hmmmmm ….. Yet I was taught that persons who call others b*st*rds are actually subconsciously acting out their true social conditions. Then there is your violently virulent reactions to my perfectly normal and well researched comments. That is an indication of your non-acceptance of the fact that well educated Ndebele people do actually exist. Such a revelation would of course, effectively kill your tired mantra about us being a load of ignorant and stupid peasants, wouldn’t it now? So ….. it all boils down to sour grapes. You’ll need to drink loads of clean water in order to dilute the rancid acid that you’re keeping bottled-up inside you. The alternative is certain death from ill health!

          • Brutal Truth

            Its alluded not eluded silly.

          • Galveston

            Thank you for the English lesson!

          • Brutal Truth

            How did it elude you in the first place,I thought you said you were finger tapping,physically & intellectually something something?

          • Galveston

            I’m not saying. Besides, I cannot be accountable to one who despises me or my writings; in other words – the enemy.

  • ntaba

    the act is dangerous to human lives, nanzelelani izitshwala zama dollar for two plares

  • God of War

    What type of mentally ill person would buy 10kg meat for $5 and think that its normal. Why even buy meat from a place that’s not a butchery anyway. I blame the customers; they are the idiots.

    • Noe

      These people who buy the meat at $5 for 10kg do not consume the meat, probably they resell it at higher prices.

      • Nkinsela

        You seem to know more, I guess you are the one buying it for resell

      • Mad Hatter

        I agree with God of War. Only an idiot will buy meat from such a source.

    • Brutal Truth

      A dumb Ndebele! Like you kkkkk

      • God of War

        Nyasarand. You are the only dumb person cz you seem to think your tribe is superior yet you had no say in being part of tht tribe. it was just by chance. Shows how shallow you are.

        • Galveston

          I thought that you too were shona. I mean the other day you blasted me for being critical about them. But then I’d support anyone or thing that roughs up the piece of dog-turd to whom you are responding!

          • God of War

            I am a shona but i don’t like people who act as if they chose to be born into their tribes yet it happened by chance.

          • Galveston

            Good for you mate. Honesty and objectivity are the way to go!