It looks as if the current donkey meat situation isn’t enough to satisfy Chinese customers’ craving for a “piece of ass.” So Kenya plans to open a spiffy new donkey slaughterhouse to meet the demand (and to presumably help supply the UK beef market. Snap!). IB Times reports:
The new facility, which boasts modern equipment and proper waste disposal techniques, promises to solve that unsightly and unhealthy problem, by legally obtaining, slaughtering and disposing of donkey’s used parts, while also boosting the local economy. According to the proprietor, John Ngonjo Kariuki, the slaughterhouse cost at least 15 million shillings (roughly $173,000) to construct, and is expected to employ more than 30 workers while also indirectly benefiting dozens of related laborers in the village. “I have been to China, where there is a high demand and market for donkey meat, and this slaughterhouse will take care of that,” Nariuki told the newspaper. “The slaughter of donkeys has been legalized by the [Kenyan] government for some years.”
Nariuki will be sourcing the donkeys not only from their local Naivasha community, but also from the Pokot and Turkana regions of Kenya – all told, Kenya has an estimated 2 million donkeys. While an official slaughterhouse will be the first of its kind in the county, it has been legal to sell the meat in Kenya since 1999.
Hopefully the new donkey abattoir will help ensure that less fox gets into the donkey meat.
The donkey burger, a popular snack in Hebei Province