ZIMRA and veterinary services have been condemned for subjecting nearly 20 000 chicks smuggled from South Africa to inhumane treatment.
The Herald on Thursday reported that police intercepted two men smuggling a consignment of 19 600 day-old chicks across the Limpopo River from South Africa into Zimbabwe.
The chicks were taken to Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) officials where they were all burnt alive with guidance from veterinarians.
Commenting on the development, United Kingdom-based law lecturer Alex Magaisa said the “casual” manner in which the issue was reported is “unsettling”. Said Magaisa:
The image of chicks being burnt alive, some desperately scurrying for cover is disturbing. That a national paper publishes it and the Secretary for Information tweets it so casually is unsettling. Whatever the health considerations, birds and animals deserve humane treatment.
But it’s probably an appropriate metaphor of this regime and its enablers. If they don’t care about and can abuse abduction and torture victims; if they can shoot unarmed civilians in the back and claim they were shooting at a 45-degree angle; day-old chicks are a minor job.