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Proposed dog meat butchery targets Chinese workers in Kenya

24 September 2014, 16:50 Eric Bisokep

Nakuru - A proposal to start a legal dog meat butchery aims at providing Chinese workers in the country with clean access to dog meat while preventing illegal hunting and killing of the pets.

This development however comes in the wake of the kicking off of the controversy-ridden Standard Gauge Railway project which will employ thousands of Chinese nationals, most of whom are believed to fancy dog meat.

A Nakuru based businessman who breeds and sells dogs, Nahashon Shihundu, is petitioning the government to issue him with a license for a genuine dog meat business targeting Chinese people in the country who are known to hunt down dogs illegally to satisfy their appetites.

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Shiundu, who spoke to News24 recently at his farm located along Nakuru-Nyahuru highway, hinted that he had written to the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Kenya Railways Corporation and the main contractor to the project, the China Roads and Bridges Company about the business.

He is seeking permission to open up dog meat outlets in Mtito Andei (Voi) and South B (Nairobi), the main stations of the project.

“My aim is to legalise dog meat consumption in the country and stop the illegal slaughtering of dogs,” he said.

The dog merchant and former government veterinary officer said that cases of Chinese nationals working for construction companies in the country hunting and slaughtering dogs illegally were very rampant in the past and posed a danger to environment and public health.

“Given the fact that the Standard Gauge Railways project will attract thousands of Chinese nationals, it is proof that the situation may be worse unless the government puts in place measures of prevention. I want to be part of that measure,” he observed.

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He said his proposed merchandise will involve buying healthy dogs from owners across the country, stocking them and slaughtering them before distributing the meat to Chinese nationals in the country.

In the recent past, allegations that some Kenyans were slaughtering and consuming dog meat were on the rise with most recent cases being reported in Naivasha where residents on two occasions helped police to arrest some residents who were found slaughtering dogs with intent of consuming the meat.

Fear has since gripped members of the public in the area over unsuspected dog meat in the market.

Dog meat is however a delicacy among many Chinese people and in some other countries across the world.

The government has already issued work permits to over 5 000 Chinese workers who will be involved in the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway in the country.

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