Faulty stun gun stalls pig depopulation

PANDI, Bulacan , Philippines – A faulty stun gun has stalled the mass slaughter here of pigs exposed to the Ebola-Reston virus.

Dr. Davinio Catbagan of the Bureau of Animal Industry said they were able to destroy 442 pigs on Sunday but a defective stun gun forced them to stop the procedure yesterday.

Officials said they expect to complete the slaughter, burning and burial of 6,000 pigs exposed to the Ebola-Reston virus tomorrow night.

“Our stun gun jammed, thus slowing the procedure,” an official who declined to be named said. The official said they even had to use a .22 caliber gun to keep the procedure going.

Cecilia Yacob, head of the Bulacan Provincial Public Affairs Office, said Health officials informed them that pig depopulation is from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. [Read full article...]

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