Tanzania has burnt 6,400 live chickens it said were smuggled into the country from Kenya. Drawing public outcry from an animal rights groups. Tanzania justified the burning of the birds as a means of curbing the outbreak of bird flu and other diseases.
A businesswoman, Mary Matia, 23, reportedly brought the chickens, worth more than $5,000 (£3,800), from Kenya and watched with sadness and disbelief as they were burnt.
However, the Tanzania Animal Welfare Society didn’t spare government its criticism. According to the Society, the chickens could have been repatriated at worst.
Tanzania banned chicken imports about a decade ago following the outbreak of bird flu in the region.
“The decision has distorted image of the country to our neighbour,” Thomas Kahema, executive director of the Animal Welfare Society.