Donkeys are kept in a holding area at a site in Naivasha, Kenya next to dump where rotting carcasses are stored. Photo: The Donkey Sanctuary via AP

How China’s demand for donkey skins risks ‘devastating impact’ on poor East African communities

  • Hides are used to make traditional medicinal products, but campaigners fear it will fuel black market in stolen animals that will hit poor rural homes hardest
  • Kenya is the only country in the region to license slaughterhouses, but donkeys from neighbouring countries are being killed to satisfy demand
Topic |   China-Africa relations

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Donkeys are kept in a holding area at a site in Naivasha, Kenya next to dump where rotting carcasses are stored. Photo: The Donkey Sanctuary via AP
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Consumption of donkeys is hurting vulnerable communities. Photo: The Donkey Sanctuary

Chinese medicine ejiao has left the world’s donkey population in crisis, British study finds

  • Demand for gelatin obtained from donkey hide is fuelling a collapse in numbers across Africa, South America and Asia
  • Charity says global population could be cut in half within five years if governments do not intervene
Topic |   Animal rights in China

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Consumption of donkeys is hurting vulnerable communities. Photo: The Donkey Sanctuary
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