WITNESS

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The grass is always greener in Goroka Town but that is no reason to allow animals to roam at will.
Stray cattle, dogs and pigs are not uncommon in this Eastern Highlands capital and it doesn’t seem like anyone pays much attention to them.
Stray animals are not only a nuisance but they can also be dangerous and, in some cases, a health hazard.
Papua New Guinea’s Animals Act makes the “owner of an animal trespassing on any land guilty of an offence”.
While the penalties under the Act are not tough enough to encourage people to keep their animals confined to their property, this law does present opportunities for town authorities to build pounds and make some money.
Failing to pay the fine and collect your animals after a period of time may result in the animals, like pigs and cattle, being slaughtered and the meat sold to cover the cost of impoundment.
What do you think?

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