PUTRAJAYA, August 4 – Referring to the viral video regarding pig farming alongside broiler chicken farming in the same area, the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) would like to provide feedback on the matter. For information, a joint operation between the Penang Department of Veterinary Services (DVS Penang) and the Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) was conducted to investigate the viral complaint at the farm in question. Through the operation conducted on July 11, 2023, DVS confirmed that there is a farm in Seberang Perai that farms pigs alongside broiler chickens in the same area.

The farm in question is a registered pig farm with DVS but does not have a license to operate because it does not comply with the regulations under the licensing requirement, which stipulates that all pig farms must upgrade to a closed-house system and zero discharge, meaning no waste is allowed to escape into public drains. As a result, a Notice for Evacuation, Closure, and Cessation of Operations has been issued to the farm. A compound under the Pig Farming (Penang) Enactment 2016 has been issued to the farm, amounting to RM7,500.00 or a fine of RM30,000.00 and/or imprisonment for 3 years, subject to the Deputy Public Prosecutor.

This pig farm has clearly violated Regulation 19(1) of the Pig Farming Licensing Regulations (Penang) 2020, which states that no other animal species or poultry shall be allowed to be reared on pig farms. Therefore, a directive notice has been issued to the farm owner to evacuate the broiler chickens from the pig farm within 7 days. Through the operation conducted, DVS found that the live broiler chickens farmed on the farm were not sent to any slaughterhouses and were only sold in the non-Islamic market, without involving sales to other locations.

To ensure that this does not recur, DVS will inspect all pig farms to ensure that no other animal species or poultry are commercially farmed in all pig farms. DVS will also issue warning letters to all pig farms to comply with the pig farming licensing regulations. DVS requests that the video be stopped from further circulation to prevent unnecessary concern among the public.

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