Illegal chicken sales skyrocket in HCMC

The unlawful sale of live, unquarantined chickens in Ho Chi Minh City has increased dramatically in the lead-up to Tet (Lunar New Year), with 212 illicit businesses recently discovered, the city’s Sub-department of Animal Health has said.

A vendor sells chickens illegally in HCMC’s District 8. Ahead of Tet, the illicit trade of unquarantined fowl has risen dramatically. (Photo: TT&VH)

Most of the illegal activity is concentrated in 14 city districts including 4, 8, 9, 12, Go Vap, Tan Binh, Binh Chanh and Hoc Mon.

Over the past week, Animal Health officials uncovered 144 cases of unlawful chickens sales. They also seized and destroyed nearly 1,100 chickens, 250 kilograms of chicken meat, and 5,700 eggs.

The unsafe slaughtering of chickens has also been on the rise, officials said.

The HCMC People’s Committee has ordered the establishment of four inspection delegations to monitor the purchase, sale and transport of chickens in the city; and to prevent an outbreak of avian flu during Tet.

By Le Long – Translated by Hai Mien

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