A video was posted online showing almost 4,000 chickens buried alive. They were thrown in one by one into a pit filled with mud. Many Netizens agree that this is extreme cruelty and questioned whether it was necessary to deal with the issue in such a manner.
The video was shared on 22 November 2019 showing officials from the Songkhla Animal Quarantine Station in Hat Yai District destroying about 4,000 chickens smuggled in from Malaysia on the day before (21 November 2019). The choice of destruction was to bury them alive in an area behind the Animal Quarantine Office in Songkhla, where illegal animals are put to their death.
The video displays animal torture that netizens question if this method is justified. The chickens are thrown into a pit full of water. The chicken’s struggle mixing the dirt and water together creating mud, the rest of the chicken is then thrown in on top of each other filling the ground. The ones that survive from drowning are covered with dirt.
The Khaosod News Team was informed by the Songkhla Animal Quarantine that there were 3,984 chickens buried alive. The chickens were seized from a group that smuggled many truckloads of chickens in from Malaysia through the border on 19 November 2019. After the chickens were seized by customs, they were brought to the Quarantine office for 1 day before the chickens were scheduled for destruction. It took many hours to kill all of the chickens as a pit had to be dug into the ground and it was also raining. The chickens had to be thrown in one by one on top of each other.
According to the Animal Epidemics Act, Poultry animals that were illegally smuggled into the country must be destroyed to protect it from entering the market as a protection mechanism according to the Avian Influenza Universal Precautions. Although it clearly states that the chickens must die, it turns out the officials took the wrong action to kill the chickens.
According to the Declaration in 2019 from the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) animals especially poultry are to be destroyed with the principle of Euthanasia also referred to as Mercy Killing. This is to poison the animals, chemical injection or inhalation, or to pull the neck, killing methods that aim to not cause the animal extreme pain. The DLD has heard about the incident and an order has been issued to the Songkhla Animal Quarantine to explain the issue.
FB Caption: 3,984 chickens smuggled into Thailand from Malaysia were buried alive one by one at the Songkhla Animal Quarantine.