Calls on government to ban donkey slaughterhouse businesses took centre stage during this year’s national Donkey day celebrations.
Speaking on Friday at Njoro Park in Nakuru County, Brooke East Africa Kenya Finance and Operations Manager Ms Doris Njiru said the slaughterhouse businesses have had negative impact on donkeys’ population in the country.
She said in East Africa Kenya is the only country that has allowed such businesses to take place.
“It is only in Kenya where we have allowed this business of donkey slaughter and as Brooke East Africa Kenya we shall push to ensure a ban on the same” she said.
Under the Theme My donkey my life, similar sentiments were echoed by Programs Manager at Brooke East Africa Kenya Mr. Elijah Mitheki who said donkeys have had positive impact in transforming lives of women and youths at grassroots.
He added that the transformation can only go on if the government will move in to stop the businesses of donkey slaughterhouses in the country.
“These donkeys have been of great importance to our women and youths at grassroots level. Therefore our appeal to the government is to listen to the cry of donkey farmers and put a ban on the donkey slaughterhouse businesses” he said.
Similar sentiments echoed by Mr. Humphrey Wafula from Farming Systems Kenya-one of the partners in organizing the event.
He decried the continued decrease in donkey population in the country due to what he termed is donkey smuggling and theft cases following the emergence of donkey slaughterhouses in the country.
With statistics revealing that 3000 donkeys are slaughtered in the country every, Mr.Wafula says if the government does not step in then farmers will really be affected in the future years.
“We need really to ask ourselves whether the donkey slaughterhouse businesses are really sustainable” said Mr.Wafula.
Farmers who talked to the press also expressing their worries over donkey theft in Njoro and Naivasha.They area however optimistic that the government will hear their cry and come to their rescue.
“We just hope the government will listen to our cry” they said.
Area Assistant County Commissioner Lydia Mwatata while admitting that there has been rampant cases of donkey theft, called on farmers to also report such cases so that the law can take its course.
While citing a recent case where donkey was stolen but later recovered by police in Gatimu-Njoro Sub County, the administrator adding that the security agencies will continue to play their role inn ensuring safety of the animals.
“We are appealing to the donkey farmers to ensure they report whenever their donkeys are stolen so that action can be taken”said the ACC.
During the event,Mr.and Miss Donkey 2019 were crowned.It should be noted that currently there are 4 licensed donkey slaughterhouses in Kenya.
PHOTO/Mr. Humphrey Wafula from Farming Systems Kenya flanked by Mr.Elijah Mitheki addressing media at Njoro Park on May 17 2019 during the celebrations to mark National Donkey Day.