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Clean up dead animals

Published:Saturday | March 24, 2012 | 12:00 AM


I know I am not the only Jamaican who is appalled by the number of carcasses constantly strewn on the road, as animals are killed by vehicles in the most grotesque manner possible.

Such roadkill can be seen the same place for days sometimes before they are moved. The gruesome sight of these animals, with their offensive odour, can be an eyesore.

Apart from being appalled, I am just amazed that when animals are killed on the road, no one seems to care. Of course, it is only natural to feel more compassion for humans, but these animal deaths are not just gruesome but unhygienic.

Who knows? Maybe one day animal carcasses lying on the road for days will lead to a public outbreak of a serious infectious disease?

I call on the Jamaican Government and the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to do their utmost best in urgently attending to animals killed on the road. It is a fact that the killing of these animals on the street may be as a result of stray animals being on the street. Could this be solved by those in authority by simply finding shelter for these stray animals?

It is long overdue for Jamaica to take a proactive approach in controlling the number of dead animals on the streets of Jamaica.