Chinese company withdraws application for Environmental Clearance Certificate for intended donkey abattoir
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Namibia are relieved that the Fu Hai Trading Enterprises CC (FHTE) have withdrawn their application for an Environmental Clearance Certificate for a donkey abattoir. This was confirmed by Svenja Garrard an Environmental Assessment Practitioner from Quivertree.
Monique Redecker, Chief Executive Office of SPCA Namibia said they are relieved because they were concerned with the risk of the inhumane treatment of the donkeys.
“The sudden increase of the value of the donkeys will definitely lead to poaching and the inhumane treatment and slaughter of the donkeys would escalate,” she explained.
She added that the procedure of the donkeys to be kept at the abattoir prior to slaughter and the slaughter process itself was inhumane. “Also it would have seen an increased risk of our rhino horns and pangolins being more easily exported illegally out of the country to the east via the export of donkey skins,” she said.
Johanness Hindjou, Mayor of Okahandja said that he has not heard from the Chinese company again since last year, therefore they have not handed in any proposal to the government, and are still waiting for the Chinese company interested to open the abattoir to approach them with their formal document and proposal.
The FHTE withdrew their application when they received the data from the scoping study compiled by Quivertree.