In Summary

  • Donkey users in Utawala, Nairobi, urge the government to reinstate the donkey meat trade ban to prevent extinction due to illegal consumption.
  • Despite the AU’s ban on donkey skin exports, the illegal donkey meat trade remains a concern in Nairobi without certified slaughterhouses.
  •  Brooke East Africa educates on donkey welfare and alternative livelihoods, emphasizing the need to protect donkeys from theft and illegal slaughter.

Over 80 donkey users in Githunguri, Utawala, Nairobi, have urged the government to reconsider the recent lifting of the donkey meat trade ban.

Celebrating National Donkey Day, they voiced concerns about the potential extinction of donkeys.

This is due to their slow reproduction rate compared to the high rate of illegal consumption.

Dr. Samantha Opere, an animal welfare officer at Brooke East Africa, highlighted the importance of donkeys as economic drivers in many Kenyan communities.

She emphasized that donkeys are frequently hit by vehicles and urged motorists to respect them and their users.

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AU Ban on Donkey Skin Exports and Meat Trade Concerns

In February 2024, the African Union (AU) imposed a ban on donkey skin exports from Africa to Asian markets.

Despite this, Dr. Opere noted that donkey meat trade remains rampant in Nairobi, with no certified slaughterhouses for donkey meat.

She cautioned the public to be vigilant when purchasing meat.

This year’s theme, “Donkeys for Prosperity and Resilience Amidst Adversity,” reflects the community’s efforts to raise awareness about the risks of donkey theft and the illegal meat trade.

Donkeys in Utawala are primarily used to transport construction materials such as timber, water, and cement, making them vital to the local economy.

Empowering Donkey Users and Enhancing Welfare

Brooke East Africa has been instrumental in educating donkey users on welfare and alternative livelihood sources.

Fred Acheka, a donkey user from Kamulu, relies on his three donkeys for his sole source of income.

He emphasized the need for donkey owners to secure their animals, as theft and illegal slaughter remain significant issues. Acheka, a member of the Kamulu donkey users group, stressed that donkey owners do not benefit from the sales of stolen donkeys.

The community group encourages all donkey owners to protect and care for their animals.

 

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