Meat of dead elephant, not fit for human consumption: Vet

13 Aug 2013 14:00
OPUWO, 13 AUG (NAMPA) - The State Veterinarian at Opuwo, Nehemia Hedimbi says any animal which died of an unknown cause is not suitable for human consumption.
Hedimbi was responding to an enquiry by Nampa about the meat of a dead elephant cow which was distributed to about 900 people, including learners of the Otjerunda Combined School, in the Okongoro Conservancy of the Opuwo Constituency for consumption on Sunday.
Officials from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism suspect the elephant died from wounds it suffered during a fight with another elephant some seven months ago.
According to Hedimbi, a post-mortem was supposed to have been done to determine the cause of death.
“In fact, the elephant was supposed to have been disposed of by the way of burning the carcass,” noted Hedimbi.
This would prevent humans from consuming meat of animals which could have died from anthrax.
The chairperson of the Okongoro Conservancy, Mujenda Zahungama said no complaints of illnesses have yet been reported from any member of the community since consuming the dead elephant.