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State halts licensing of donkey slaughterhouses

A trader leads a herd of donkeys to a slaughter house in Baringo County. PHOTO | Suleiman Mbatiah | NMG
A trader leads a herd of donkeys to a slaughter house in Baringo County. PHOTO | Suleiman Mbatiah | NMG 

The government has stopped further licensing of donkey abattoirs even as animal lobby groups raise concern over the falling numbers of the animals.

Deputy Director of Veterinary Services, Michael Churuiyot, says they will only allow the current three slaughter houses to operate for now while suspending registration of new ones.

Dr Cheruiyot pointed out that the government needs to set out a breeding programme to increase population of the animals before licensing more abattoirs.

“We are not licensing more slaughter houses at the moment but we will allow the ones in Baringo, Turkana and Nakuru to operate,” said Dr Cheruiyot.

Animal lobby groups have been calling on the authorities to close down the slaughterhouses saying they have led to a worrying decline in Kenya's donkey population.

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