Quarter of a million pigs slain after fever

EASTERN CAPE - More than 245 000 pigs have been culled since the outbreak of swine fever in the Eastern Cape last year.

Malcolm Woolmore, spokesperson for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, on Monday said the NSPCA, in conjunction with the government, had culled 245 864 pigs in the province so far.

He said they would continue to monitor and participate in the culling process and would ensure that standards were upheld and only acceptable methods were used.

The NSPCA has also confirmed the spread of the viral disease in the Uitenhage area.

"The NSPCA is of the understanding that this viral disease has been contained within the Eastern Cape," Woolmore said.

Source: Independant Online
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