Lari res­i­dents to lock an­i­mals in their houses

This will de­ter un­scrupu­lous butch­ers who steal and slaugh­ter them at night

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - GE­ORGE MUGO @ge­o­mu­goh

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.

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