Up till now, Cameroonians were used to the sight of herdsmen leading their herds of young cattle. Cameroonians are also accustomed to seeing those herdsmen taking their herds to slaughterhouses.
However, for those who do not know, since December 10, 2018, slaughtering young cattle is now banned by the law
According to the decree n°2018759 of December 10, 2018, signed by the president Paul Biya, "the slaughter or the commercialization of beef cattle less than 24 months old is prohibited”.
But, there is an exception. Article 47 (2) of the same presidential decree stipulates that "bovine less than 24 months old can be admitted in a slaughterhouse in case of an accident, sterility or disease deemed incurable, confirmed by a sanitary certificate delivered by a livestock services division agent”.
According to the ministry of livestock, the production of meat in Cameroon rose by 9.78% from 313,000 tons in 2011 to 344,000 tons in 2016.