How donkey slaughter houses are affecting livelihoods

Rampant cases of donkey theft and illegal slaughter has negatively affected the livelihoods of many donkey owners especially the women and youths.
Addressing media in Njoro on Wednesday during a Linda Punda Ushinde Competition Prize giving day, Executive Director Farming Systems Kenya Dr.Raphael Kinoti said donkeys contribute a lot to the livelihoods of many households in Kenya and there was need to address the challenge facing donkey owners.
He was however quick to note that it has not been easy to prosecute donkey theft cases in the country citing police negligence when it comes to donkey theft cases.
He added that such incidents have left Donkey owners de-motivated on many occasions an issue he says should be addressed once and for all.
“The whole thing about prosecution of donkey theft cases has not been easy with police taking such cases with less seriousness” he said.
He however noted that they have commenced a program to create awareness in police on handling the donkey theft cases.
“We have began to involve police so that they can understand that donkey theft cases are like any other cases and should be taken seriously” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr.Kinoti attributed donkey theft cases to lack of enough supply for the 3 slaughterhouses in Turkana, Naivasha and Mogotio.
He added that they are in talks with the government to reconsider even though not ready to close down the 3 slaughterhouses then there is need to come up with alternative supply to avoid making donkey owners suffer through theft cases.
“We have had talks with the government concerning the slaughterhouses but the government insists that they cannot be closed down. What the government failed to plan is budget considering supply for the slaughterhouses” he said.
Sentiments echoed by Samuel Theuri from Brooke East Africa- an organization working to ensure better donkey welfare.
While reiterating that indeed there were 3 licensed slaughterhouses in the country, Theuri called on the government to ensure the donkeys that are being slaughtered are not as a result of theft from donkey owners.
“We have 3 licensed slaughterhouses in the country but we are calling on the government that they ensure the donkeys slaughtered are not of theft. Police on our roads should also ensure that those transporting donkeys have permits” he said.
It should be noted that Farming Systems Kenya is a non-Governmental Organization formed in 1981 through the initiative of the Nakuru Lay People Fellowship of the African Inland Church.
Their main agenda is to reduce poverty thorough agricultural development with main focus being on small holder farmers.

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