Lari residents to lock animals in their houses
This will deter unscrupulous butchers who steal and slaughter them at night
Residents in Lari, Kiambu county, are considering locking livestock in their living rooms to keep them safe from unscrupulous butchers who steal and slaughter them at night.
They said the most targeted animals are dairy cows and donkeys.
“The unscrupulous butchers make a lot of money after supplying them to unknown eateries in urban areas. The business involves risks to steal and slaughter and they only incur the price of transport and the rest is profit from the sale,” farmer Paul Kimani said.
He spoke to AP officers who paid an impromptu visit to Kinale trading centre yesterday.
“We are keeping calves in our main houses. We normally sweep their dung in the morning and it is tedious,” Kimani said.
Last week, illegal butchers stole and slaughtered three cows in Kinale and two in Uplands village. The animals are slaughtered without inspection by a veterinary officer and the often unsafe meat is sold to unsuspecting customers.
Area AP boss Martin Waititu urged residents to build strong sheds and stop tethering cows and donkeys at the roadside.
He said they have intensified day and night patrols to ensure no domestic animal is stolen and slaughtered.
Waititu urged residents to share information relating to animal theft.
“We have felt the pain of losing a lot of animals. Some of you rely on the sale of milk, especially the cows, while others rely on the transportation work done by the donkeys,” he said.
Assistant county commissioner Michael Too urged residents to secure their animals and not allow them to sleep in forests at night.
He said security is a joint effort and asked residents to report any animal theft and suspected criminals.