Anybody who manhandles chicken and other poultry in Jigawa will be prosecuted
The Jigawa State Government has threatened to prosecute traders who manhandle chickens and other poultry animals in the state.
The Chairman of the Consumer Protection Agency in the state, Abdulkadir Hadejia, gave the warning on Saturday during a sensitisation exercise at Furji Market in Yankwashi Local Government Area.
He said the government had placed a ban on the manhandling of chickens in all markets across the state and warned that defaulters would be prosecuted.
“The action is cruel, inhuman and exposes the animals to maltreatment. Hawkers of chickens should pack their animals in a crate rather than hanging them with their head down in the name of marketing.
“The ban applies to all poultry sellers, such chicken, guinea fowl, duck and pigeon. Anybody found manhandling the animals will be prosecuted,” Mr. Hadejia warned.
Mr. Hadejia said the action was part of a comprehensive campaign to check the abuse and encourage proper handling of chicken and other poultry animals by traders. He said the agency had conducted similar sensitisation exercise in more than 40 village markets across the state.
According to him, the government has also worked out modalities to upgrade some markets in the state to enhance commercial activities at the grassroots.