Business at the normally busy agricultural town of Ol Kalou, Nyandarua County, came to a standstill last Wednesday, 17th May 2017 as donkeys and jubilant animal owners converged to celebrate this year’s National Donkey Day themed: Donkeys Are Better Alive Than Slaughtered.
Together with donkey owners and users, animal welfare stakeholders and the public, ANAW pitched a tent and took part in spreading the core message of the day. This year’s theme called on the for the enactment and implementation of laws that would uphold animal welfare principles not only towards donkeys but all animals in the country.
The celebrations begun with a 2km procession from the Ol Kalou Divisional Police Station to the Ol Kalou Catholic Parish Stadium where the group held banners and lifted placards high, all bearing strong messages on donkey welfare best practices. One of the placards christened, ‘My Donkey; My Friend’ and ‘Spread the Love for Donkeys’ among many others, captured many participants’ attention.
The National Donkey Day event is a unique day set aside every year to take recognition of working animals and more specifically the donkeys in Kenya. This celebration parallels the International Donkey day celebrated in various parts of the world on the 8th of May every year.
Animal Welfare stakeholders at the event included the main sponsor Kenya Network for Dissemination of Agricultural Technologies (KENDAT), The Brooke East Africa and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries – Nyandarua County.
ANAW urges the public and all involved to consciously ponder on this year’s theme that has a direct impact on the livelihood of grass root communities as well as its fit in contributing to the larger national economy.
ANAW takes this opportunity to thank the organisers and sponsors of the event for bringing animal welfare close to the public, by commemorating this important day.