It is estimated that the Goldox abbatoir located at Mogotio in Baringo County slaughters on average 300 donkeys on a daily basis.

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The Kenyan government through the Meat Control (Amendment) Act 2012 okayed donkey along with horse meat as a food animal in the East African country. The abattoir also serves the local market – even though Kenyan law does not permit local consumption of the meat.

“After the tests, it was proven that donkey meat is as safe as beef or mutton and an agreement was reached to issue licences to those who are interested in operating slaughterhouses. However, the meat is not for local consumption but solely for export,” a health officer told the Daily Nation portal.