No Mercy: Donkeys Stolen, Skinned In Africa To Feed Chinese Demand

In Kenya, the donkey population has fallen in the past nine years by a third — from 1.8 million to 1.2 million.

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First published: June 15, 2018, 9:24 PM IST | Updated: June 15, 2018
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In Kenya, the donkey population has fallen in the past nine years by a third — from 1.8 million to 1.2 million. Kenya's three licensed slaughterhouses butcher 1,000 donkeys a day to supply skins to China, said Calvin Onyango, program development manager of the Donkey Sanctuary Kenya.

From Kenya to Burkina Faso, Egypt to Nigeria, animal rights groups say, agents are seeking to feed China's insatiable appetite for a gelatin they call ejiao (pronounced "uh-jee-ow"), made from stewed donkey skins that purport to provide health benefits.

Shrinking donkey herds in China have driven ejiao producers to seek out donkey skins from Africa, Australia and South America, threatening the world's donkey population and driving violent crime and protests across Africa, the activists say

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