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Tourists discovers pigs living in 'inhumane' conditions

by: Lededra Marche, News Editor

The Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) is speaking out against the inhumane conditions a of number of livestock at a makeshift farm in East End.

Elizabeth ‘Tip’ Burrows, HSGB managing director, is crying foul on who ever is responsible for having at least nine pigs encaged in what appears to be a construction/dump site in the middle of a pine tree forest.

Even more disturbing is the number of badly malnourished-looking pigs and more than 50 goats roaming wild on the property.

Burrows said a tourist, who had been vacationing out east and exploring a number of the track roads, had called the shelter a couple of weeks ago after stumbling across the site.

The Freeport News visited the site with Burrows Wednesday afternoon and observed as two of the pigs were unable to move or stand up and one of them even appeared dead.

It was realized, however, that the pig was still alive after it wiggled its ear in attempts to relieve itself of the barrage of flies.

“She didn’t know who to call so she called us. I made some inquiries, talked to the Department of Agriculture, they knew whose farm it was and they were going to deal with it,” she said.

After not being able to ascertain what was done by the government agency over the last two weeks, Burrows said she decided to make her way down to the property and see for herself.

“I’m extremely upset. This is horrendous. Even animals that are intended for food need the basics — shade, shelter, food, water and medical care. This is animal cruelty,” she said.

Burrows points out her plight is not only for the pigs, but the goats as well.

“It appears the goats are breeding at an alarming rate. Anyone taking care of 80-plus goats properly is a big expense,” she said, “not to mention the inbreeding that seems to be going on could be a big problem.

“This just doesn’t look like a farm to me.”

The animal lover said she knows very little of the purported owner or how often he frequents the area.

“Judging from what I’m seeing, it doesn’t appear that anyone has been here for several days,” she said.

A disheartened Burrows, who became choked up said her fight is for all animals, not just dogs and cats, and although she had heard of the deplorable conditions at the makeshift farm, she did not think it could be as bad as it was. 

Burrows said every human being on this earth should be concerned when an animal is being treated badly.

“I had a feeling, but I wasn’t quite prepared for what I saw,” she said, looking back at the site.

When asked what she thought should happen, Burrows said, there was no question the animals should be relocated immediately.

 “I think these pigs, for sure, need to be removed. I think this farm needs to be shutdown, these animals need to be relocated somewhere to someone that is going to take proper care of them,” she said.

“The owner should be charged with animal cruelty for what’s going on with these pigs.”

The High Rock Police Station was also notified and an officer was left on scene as our news team was leaving.

A representative from the Department of Agriculture, Patrice Gibson, also visited the site on Thursday with a police officer, The Freeport News has learned.

However, our calls to Gibson, who was said to be on site at the time, were not returned up to press time.

Burrows, while giving an update on the matter, said she, too, was informed that the agriculture official viewed the animals and that the matter is being looked into.

The Freeport News was also informed that a government veterinarian is also expected to be brought in to examine the pigs and goats.

Police Affairs and Communications Officer Inspector Terecita Pinder also confirmed that police are monitoring the situation.

It was not clear, up to press time, whether the owner of the site or farm was contacted. 

Acorn posted on: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 1:43 PM

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PLEASE TAKE THESE ANIMALS TO A LOVING ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY ARE NOT MALNOURISHED, BUT FED AND HAPPY.
THEY GIVE THEIR LIVES UNWILLINGLY FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION AND THIS IS THE PAIN THEY ENDURE...DO SOMETHING ABOUT THEIR SUFFERING NOW!!!!!

John Thomas posted on: Saturday, October 12, 2013 9:43 AM

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@ Misto Kanishiro
In defence of the people of G.B. I have met some wonderful people in Freeport and the surrounding areas. And all of them had never met to me before.
Before passing judgement on all the citizens of the Bahamas, you must understand that there are bad people everywhere. I'm sure that your parents explained that to you sometime in your life. Do you honestly believe that it is an entire populations collective mentality to be "evil"? I could only reply "absurdity".
If you want to see what the definition if F*#ked up people are, come to Florida. Greed, corruption, mistreatment of young and elderly, predatory acts of a sexual nature on children with a swat on the hand. I could go on but there isn't enough space to type it.
You and I both have no say what goes on in another country.
And as for the U.S. intervening, they have their own major problems to deal with before butting in on someone elses business. The U.S. Congress should worry more about their own messes

If you want to see what the definition if F*#ked up people are, come to Florida. Greed, corruption, mistreatment of young and elderly, predatory acts of a sexual nature on children with a swat on the hand. I could go on but there isn't enough space to type it.
You and I both have no say what goes on in another country.
And as for the U.S. intervening, they have their own major problems to deal with before butting in on someone elses business. The U.S. Congress should worry more about their own messes
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posted on: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 9:32 AM

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Every country has it's own individuals who commit such evil. Then there are angels like Ms. Burrows. We have a saying in the
Bahamas, "Don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Bahamians stop condemning our country help to find solutions to our problems. To the misto kanishiros who reside in our country, You can always go home and if you don't live here, figure it out................

Misto Kanishiro's reply to Lynn Armstrong posted on: Monday, August 26, 2013 5:01 PM

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Don't worry Lynn Armstrong, our Government and the U.S. Government have been watching this Country for 40 years. Be assured that Criminal action will take place soon against those who oppress and Marshall law will be placed . Thank you for your concern.

Lynn Armstrong posted on: Friday, August 23, 2013 11:31 PM

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Today I have had a double-whammy! First of all the plight of the Surrey horses in Nassau and now this on my own front doorstep in Grand Bahama. Whoever coined the phrase "It's better in The Bahamas" had better do some serious thinking. These videos should be shared worldwide, and especially to the cruise ships visiting ports in Nassau and Freeport.

posted on: Thursday, August 22, 2013 3:28 PM

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This is awefull I am shocked how little the proper authorities care about situations like this. Bravo to Ms. Burrows for doing all she can to help. This "Government" should be ashamed of themselves.

posted on: Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:17 PM

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This is shocking in two ways; first the horrific situation of animal neglect and abuse, second the lack of interest of the Department of Agriculture. How long does it take to help these animals? Did anything happen in the meantime? Was food and medical care provided for these animals?

Rick Pratt posted on: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 2:01 AM

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You are mentally disturbed misto kanishiro, who the hell you are trying to bring down Bahamians, when it's just one person{like you}doing all this evilness?You and the owner of that farm is welcome wholly in hell...

posted on: Saturday, August 17, 2013 8:10 PM

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I am an outdoors men and have seen lots of things in the wild but I strongly believe cruelty is cruelty. There is no creature on earth that should be made to suffer through neglect or by human hands. We all must work together to make our world a better place, for everything. Thank you HSGB and friends for getting involved and caring..

Misto Kanishiro posted on: Saturday, August 17, 2013 4:01 PM

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Bahamians have an evil mentality , every intention is evil; why are these tourist so surprised? Look at they treat each other; where is the news of the 30 year old Bahamian man who killed his 2 year old child today? Do you think this Government doesn't know what happens every minute of your lives? Soon we will issues another Travel Warning against your Country, your hateful mentality will soon bring down your Government's economy for good. Then will take action against all those who oppress and murder because their own Government is corrupt and benefits their own gain.

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