Kenya: High Court Allows Slaughter, Sale of Donkey Meat


The High Court in Kenya has cleared the way for the slaughter and sale of donkey meat in Kenya.

On Thursday, the court removed prohibition for the slaughter of donkeys after the state failed to respond to an application challenging the legal notice.

“The government has failed to sufficiently defend this case and this court quashes the Legal Notice 63 of 2020 as it violates the rights of Star Brilliant,” said Justice Richard Mwongo in his ruling.

He added that the state’s legal notice violated the rights of Star Brilliant, the petitioner.

This was after a successful application by Star Brilliant Slaughterhouse that sought to bar Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya and Attorney General Kihara Kariuki from enforcing a legal notice that banned the slaughtering of donkeys.

“The legal notice violates the rights of the applicant under Article 47 of the Constitution and the applicant is granted a stay to operate in light of the failure by the respondent to file back his response,” he added.

In February 2020, the Agriculture CS imposed a ban on the slaughter of the beast of burden due to its dwindling numbers.

As a result, owners of Star Brilliant (Naivasha), Goldox Kenya (Mogotio), Silzha (Turkana), and Fuhai (Machakos) can continue with their operations until the suit was heard and determined.

Kenya has four abattoirs slaughtering at least 1,000 donkeys every day.