Cattle Plague Causes Palestine Meat Shortage

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

A shortage of meat prevails in Palestine owing to the little slaughtering carried on as a result of the government’s drastic measures in connection with the cattle plague. The price of meat has risen appreciably.

The shortage of meat resulting from the Government’s measures to combat the cattle plague, writes the “Ha-aretz,” is arousing serious concern in official quarters, and may affect public interests during the coming months. It is learned that the authorities are deeply interested in the question and plans are being drawn up to guarantee adequate supplies for the winter. One of the great difficulties is that there are no refrigerators for the preservation of killed meat in Palestine, and it will be necessary to import the meat from Egypt. As this will not solve the Kosher meat question, it is learned that beasts will be imported from Roumania under strict sanitary supervision.

The cattle plague is raging in the villages around Ludd. In the villages of Jimzu and Beit Jaballah many cattle have died. Quarantine has been proclaimed at Mikveh Israel. Owners of herds are warned against allowing their animals out to graze, and are instructed to take effective precautions against the spread of the epidemic. Lydda, Safrieh, Ramleh, Sarafand, Al Amar, Jimzu, Annabeh, Nebi Daniel and Dahriel have been proclaimed an infected area.

A special notice has been posted by the Chief Veterinary Offices in Palestine stating that whereas Rinderpest, Cattle Plague or Peste Bovine exists in Palestine, it is prohibited to hold any exhibition of stock or sale of stock in any open market or private sale yard in Palestine until further notice.

An order has also been issued stating that since a number of cases of cattle plague have appeared in villages of the districts of Jaffa, Nablus, Ramallah and Tiberias and in order that this disease may not be conveyed to other places, notification must be made by every person having in his possession or charge any animals affected or suspected of being affected with disease.

The government will arrange for the destruction of diseased animals, for which compensation will be paid.

It is strictly prohibited to import animals from an infected area without a written permission from the Veterinary Officer.

The Government has decided to close up the public animal markets for fear of spreading the disease.

The Acting Chief Secretary has posted a notice proclaiming as an infected area the following places: Yazur, Sakieh, Kefr Ana, Bne-Brak, Selemeh, Sarona, Summeil, Yehoudieh, Rishonle-Zion, Beit Dajan, Sarafand, Mikveh Israel and Jaffa.

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