Assessing Environmental Sanitation Practices in Slaughterhouses in Osogbo, Nigeria: Taking the Good with the Bad

Oluwaseun Ayo Olowoporoku


The purpose of this paper is to examine environmental sanitation practices in slaughterhouses in Osogbo, Nigeria. This came about based on the recognition of the disposal of meat waste as sources of environmental pollution in the built environment. Survey for the study involved questionnaire administration at slaughterhouses and field observation. A total of thirty-three slaughterhouses were identified in the study area out of which fifteen (45.0%) were randomly selected. Findings revealed that an average of two cows were slaughtered daily in each of the slaughterhouses sampled and majority (80.0%) of the slaughterhouses were located near water bodies or places with high water table. Dumping of waste in premises of the slaughterhouses was the commonest method of the disposal of solid animal waste while liquid waste, effluents and wastewater were indiscriminately discharged into nearby streams and drainage. The practices of the slaughtering of animals and disposal of waste in the city were without consideration for its polluting effect and concerns for public health. The study recommended efficient and effective enforcement of environmental sanitation laws on slaughterhouses operations and environmental education for the slaughterhouse operators and residents. 

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