Plans to set up donkey abattoir slammed

HARARE - Plans by a Bulawayo-based company, Battlefront Investments, to construct a $150 000 specialised state-of-the-art donkey abattoir risks slashing Zimbabwe’s donkey population by 21 000 annually.

In a joint statement by Aware Trust Zimbabwe, Spana, ZNSPCA, VAWZ and Lupane Youth for Development Trust, the groups said the plans to set up an abattoir with a capacity to dress more than 70 animals per day will have grave socio-economic, animal welfare and environmental consequences.

The main driver in the donkey parts trade is demand for their skins, which are processed into a luxury tonic “ejiao’, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine for everything from insomnia to impotence. It sells for the equivalent of R5 000 — 17 000/kg, depending on the product.

“If supply met demand, using 300 working days per year, the population of donkeys could be decreased by 21 000 per year,” the groups said in a statement.

“While some local farmers may benefit from the short-term sale of their donkeys, they are unlikely to be aware of the long-term consequences of this trade. The importance of the working donkey to communal farmers cannot be overstated.”

Comments (4)

Sure, sure kuda kuurayira dongi ganda raro. Aiwa. Iwo ma China ngaaite madongi awo.

Yohwe - 4 October 2017

Besides being a draft animal what more else can we keep donkeys for,let them provide income for the FARMERS,MONEY mali,mari muhomwe,ma CDES,My only worry is the meat which can flood butcheries without being distinguished with cattle meat,these ANIMAL rights organisation puzzles me honestly,how many chickens are slaughtered annually especially festive seasons and they keep quiet ayaas

martin mazivisa - 5 October 2017

I discovered late last year that donkey meat and milk is very healthy and has been proven to mitigate/reverse many diseases. So my advice is for people to get an appreciation of the benefits first so that facts guide the debate rather than emotions or stereotypes.

Kings - 5 October 2017

Donkey meat is good..mombe dzinofa wani...good idea. we need the meat

CHANDA - 5 October 2017

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