September 10: The Dzongkhag Yargye Tshogdu (DYT) members in Samtse said “NO” to the proposal for the construction of a slaughter house in the Dzongkhag. This was decided in the 108th DYT meeting which ended on Tuesday.
The Dzongkhag Livestock Officer said that there was a need to open a slaughter house in the Dzongkhag. He said due to lack of standard slaughter house and meat processing unit, residents purchase meat from across the border. “The meat purchased from across the border is doubtful in terms of quality and safety.”
He added that the department is planning to construct a high standard slaughter house.
Some of the members supported the issue but most of the members were against it.
They, however, agreed that there was a need to open a meat shop but they will not support the opening of a slaughter house.
After extensive deliberation the members decided to vote. Eighteen members were against the opening of the slaughter house while 11 members supported it.
To this, the meeting decided not to open a slaughter house.