DOHA, Qatar, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The owner of a Qatari camel-breeding farm where 15 racing camels died has criticized the state-run animal husbandry department that blamed him for the deaths.
The department had accused farm owner Misfer Safran Al Merri of improperly preparing a solution of pesticide that allegedly led to the death of the animals last week, Gulf News reported Thursday.
Al Merri said the pesticide, provided by state veterinary centers, was of poor quality and the Environment Ministry was wrong for blaming him for the deaths of his prized camels.
“The quality of the pesticide was substandard because the moment I diluted it with water, the solution turned yellow while it should have actually been colorless,” Al Merri said.
“I am well familiar with pesticides and have been breeding camels for a long time,” he said. “There is a problem with the state-run vet centers.
“They have neither pesticides nor medicines to treat ailing animals. They do not have proper equipment, either.”