Donkey meat or not? This is one of the most inconceivable ideas in my life time. Why are we even debating about it. Am lost in the sheer entertaining of a notion that donkey meat can be consumed by humans for that matter. If my dad was to resurrect today, apart from the cultural shock due to the progress in technology which was not that phenomenal 14 years ago, he would be flummoxed by a society that toys with a donkey meal idea.
Even the conservative figure of less than 2 million which I believe was arrived at during the last census, is significantly low to serve a growing population of over 40 million. When you slot in donkey abattoirs in a country that is eager and obsessed with get-rich-quick mentality at all cost, I can only fear for the worst. That combined with a security force that is incapacitated and worse still, struggling to protect our very important lives, I can only sympathise with all the households that keep donkeys. Their new norm will be hue and cry, as their greatest possession will be the very target of envious brokers prowling from one homestead to another, ready to bungle their only means of livelihood to the next slaughter house.
In other words, donkey business is the new quail business, even with scanty information, gullible Kenyans still tried their luck when the most alert investors had already made some tidy returns. Ordinarily, in the upcountry, donkeys are highly valued for their enormous work in transporting bulky goods from one place to another at a cheaper cost vis-a-vis the boda boda guys.This reminds me of one of my many uncles who managed to surmount the poverty ‘curse’ through the donkey business.
For christians, the bible discourages eating of donkey meat. In fact in the book of Kings 6:25, it reads, “the donkey is unclean and should only be eaten as the last resort”. My interpretation is that the last resort are seasons of extreme famine. This is the new endangered species in town and my unfortunate bet is that, in the next 5-10 years they will be completely extinct. How unfortunate. Alfred Whitney Griswold, put it,”In the long run of history,the censor and inquisitor have always lost, the only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.” I rest my case.