“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”― Edmund Burke (1770AD)
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More Than 10,000 Families that depend on donkeys for their livelihoods lost it all, to commercial donkey slaughter
Commercial donkey slaughter started in Kenya: The donkey was gazetted as a food animal by the Government in the year 1999, (GoK, 1999) with the aim of curbing backyard/bush slaughter and improving food safety. However, increase in global demand for donkey skin led to the establishment and licensing of donkey slaughterhouses in the country. Between 2016 and 2018, four export slaughter houses were licenced in the following four counties; Baringo County, Nakuru County, Turkana County and Machakos County.
Commercial donkey slaughter caused massive theft of donkeys in Kenya:
Research conducted by Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) in the year 2019 showed that a total of 301,977 donkeys were slaughtered in three years (2016-2018) by the four commercial slaughterhouses. Of those slaughtered, 38% were female and 10% of them were pregnant. The total number of donkeys slaughtered in the three years was equivalent to 15.4% of the donkey population reported in 2016 by the Government.
It is sad to note that most of these donkeys are stolen from donkey owners and sold to the slaughter houses while others are stolen, illegally slaughtered in the bush and their skins sold. This state of affairs has left many donkey-owning households desperate for help after losing their main source of livelihoods.
Households lost their main source of livelihoods:
This is a devastating state of affairs for donkey-owning communities mainly because the trade was significantly reducing Kenya’s donkey population and also catalyzed theft and bush slaughter of donkeys and destroyed livelihoods in Kenya’s donkey owning communities. When donkeys are hired out or used commercially, their owners earn income in the range of Ksh 300 – Ksh 700 a day. Donkey keepers and users whose livelihoods depended on the donkey earn an average of KES. 11,390.00 per month from providing transportation services.
When a donkey is lost from a donkey–dependent household through theft or coerced sale for slaughter as was instigated by the licensing of the donkey slaughter houses, the household income is lost. Many donkey owning communities have suffered in this manner. On losing their donkeys to theft and slaughter, many donkey dependent households were devastated; women returned to carrying water on their back, income was lost and many returned to menial jobs, some were unable to put food on the table, some children dropped out of school and much more was felt by these communities.
Vulnerable groups such as women, children, the elderly and the disabled are particularly most affected.
We have restored livelihoods for some families:
We have identified 250 most affected families and we have been able to help 15 families by buying them a donkey each to replace the stolen one. This initiative has played a big role in bringing back these families to normal lives. We are now targeting to help the other 235 families within the next six months, with the support of our partners, collaborators and well wishers
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