Several months after MSV Yusufi was intercepted while smuggling 32 goats among other cargo,Mumbai Police has decided to slaughter them as they are unable to care for them,officers said on Thursday. The animals have so far been kept inside the Mumbai Port Trust under the watch of officers from the Yellow Gate police station.
The police have said they are burdened as quarantine officers have declined to examine the goats. We do not know what to do with them. Even the quarantine officers we approached told us they are afraid of catching infections from the goats. We will file an application in the court next week to cull the goats. Once we receive approval,we will approach the Sakarabai Dinshaw Hospital for Animals in Parel to have the goats put down, said H. G. Shinde,Assistant Commissioner of Police,Yellow Gate division.
The hospital however,has said that it is unnecessary to kill the goats as it is no longer feared they are carrying infectious diseases. It has suggested that the police send the animals to goat farms instead.
On April 4,the Coast Guard intercepted a conversation that between the crew and their handler Usman Ghanchi using the banned Thuraya satellite phone. The crew were remanded to judicial custody and the vessel and cargo are now in the custody of customs. Of the 32 goats that began the voyage,only 19 survive.
According to the police,the crew had planned to sell the goats in Sri Lanka but had not obtained the mandatory vaccination/inoculation certificate while transporting animals from Dubai. Those who want to take animals to another country have to obtain a clearance certificate from a quarantine officer. Details of each animal are taken and a photograph too. The crew of the MSV Yusufi had no such documents, said Colonel J C Khanna,Dean,Sakarabai Dinshaw Hospital.
Once the animals arrive in the new country,they are kept in quarantine for a minimum of 21 days. Animals arriving in Mumbai are quarantined in the Navi Mumbai premises of the animal husbandry department of the ministry of
Khanna said it was unnecessary to kill the goats when they could be simply rehabilitated to a cattle farm. Though there are no goat farms in Mumbai,the police can send them to Gujarat,Rajasthan or Andhra Pradesh, Khanna said.