Thursday, June 20, 2024

Swan Hill council fears biosecurity risk from dumped pigs

Swan Hill Rural City Council fears a spate of dumped animal carcasses on public land could prove a biosecurity risk for the area.

Acting Mayor, Bill Moar says Council has received a number of complaints about animal carcasses, predominately wild pigs, being dumped on public land and road reserves around Robinvale.

Cr Moar said the dumping of the unwanted deceased animals had become hazardous for road users and the agricultural industry.

“There is a biosecurity risk that is posed to our domestic livestock is immense” Cr Moar said.

“The threat of foot and mouth disease entering our domestic livestock industry is very real. Our farmers do not need the extra stress of carcasses lying around their properties and increasing this risk.”

He said Council and other land managers were investigating instances of dumped carcasses on public land and may proceed with enforcement action, including prosecutions.

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