Catfish farmer arrested for using chicken as feed

Catfish farmer arrested for using chicken as feed
Taipei, Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan - A freshwater catfish farmer in Yunlin County has been arrested by the National Police Agency's (NPA) 7th Corps, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Squadron after illegally using chicken carcasses and chicken intestines as feed for his catfish.

Police reported yesterday that the man was detained on Feb. 1 during a routine patrol.

Members of the 2nd Squadron who arrested the catfish farmer stated yesterday that during a routine patrol on Feb 01 at approximately 10 am in Yunlin County's Shuilin Township they discovered a small pickup truck hauling buckets containing blue plastic feeding bags that were emitting a rancid smell, which captured police attention.

Authorities later discovered that the driver of the vehicle, surnamed Chen, was reportedly shooting birds and stacking up parts of their carcasses and intestines next to a freshwater catfish pond in Shuilin Township's Chienshan Village; he later minced the parts to feed to his catfish, according to authorities.

Following the arrest of Chen, police seized a 2.59-ton batch of chicken carcasses as Yunlin County is still on high alert for the spread of the H5 strains of bird flu.

The Yunlin County Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) notified local workers to have the contents of the pickup truck taken to Tasheng Feeding Company to be destroyed.

The EPB inspectors confirmed on-site that Chen had no proper license or authority to be processing or transporting animal carcasses.

Furthermore his activity was not in accordance with waste disposal laws and was putting the local area at risk of exacerbating the spread of bird flu, they said.

The EPB claims his case will be judged based on his violations of the waste disposal and aquaculture laws.

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