Still no end to pig slaughter as ASF spreads to 2 more barangays in QC

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The mass slaughter of pigs in Quezon City continues as the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) confirmed the existence of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in two new barangays.

Mayor Joy Belmonte announced on Thursday that several blood samples from hogs in Barangays Tandang Sora and Pasong Tamo tested positive for ASF.

This makes the number of Quezon City barangays with ASF up to five, including Bagong Silangan, Payatas and Tatalon. The Department of Agriculture (DA) earlier clarified that Barangay Commonwealth was inadvertently mentioned in its previous advisory.

With no end in sight for now to the spread of ASF, Belmonte said the City Veterinary Office headed by Dr. Anamarie Cabel already started culling hogs voluntarily surrendered by backyard raisers in Tandang Sora and Pasong Tamo.

The mayor appealed to hog raisers in the city to voluntarily surrender their pigs so they can avail of the local government’s financial assistance of P3,000 per pig.

“Hindi magtatagumpay ang ating laban kontra ASF kung wala ang kooperasyon ng ating hog raisers,” said Belmonte.