By Evie Andreou
THE state veterinary services are trying to find the person responsible for dumping 300 kilos of decaying raw meat by-products last week near the Ezousa River between Geroskipou and Acheleia near Paphos.
The products, which include bones, meat and animal fat, were spotted by residents of the area who notified Geroskipou municipality.
The decaying meat was temporarily buried by the municipality, although Geroskipou mayor Michalis Pavlides said that when they went to the scene, a large quantity of the meat was already consumed by stray dogs.
“It is an illegal act that puts public health in danger, so crews of the municipality have buried the remains,” Pavlides said.
The mayor said that the buried meat will be unearthed by a company that collects and destroys them.
Pavlides told the Cyprus Mail that they have an idea as to who threw the animal by-products and that they are investigating to find further evidence.
The head of the state’s veterinary services, Andreas Papaefstathiou, told the Cyprus Mail that they the by-products seem to have been thrown by a butchery and that he has ordered an investigation.
He said that it is illegal for companies to throw away animal by-products and according to the law, they must be disposed of accordingly.
“Different companies that process these kinds of products have contracts with businesses and they collect them,” Papaefstathiou said.
He said that usually remains thrown by butchers are collected by companies that process them into bio gas.