Kenya prohibits donkey cutting for meat and skins


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In Kenya, where the donkey population is rapidly decreasing, the Ministry of Agriculture has announced that donkey slaughter will be banned in slaughterhouses starting next month.

Kenya released the donkey slaughter in 2012 to meet the demand for donkey meat and skin, especially from China.

Kenyan Agriculture Minister Peter Munya said the law that caused the donkey population to decrease was a "mistake" and said, "Killing donkeys for their meat was not a well thought out decision." Minister Munya stated that donkey slaughterhouses have 1 month to start slaughtering other animals, otherwise they will be closed.

According to the data released by the government in the country, the number of donkeys, which was 1.8 million 10 years ago, decreased to 600 thousand last year. Farmers protested in front of the Ministry of Agriculture on Monday, demanding the protection of the donkey population.

"When donkeys are stolen or killed, women are used like donkeys" on the banners carried by the protesters.

The transportation of water and wood in the countryside is still largely done with donkeys. It is worried that the decrease in the number of donkeys will increase the workload of women especially.

Villagers also say that letting donkeys cut for their meat also led to the appearance of gangs that steal donkeys.

There are 4 slaughterhouses in Kenya that have donkey cutting authority and it is estimated that 1000 donkeys are slaughtered every day in the country.

After the donkey cut became legal in the country, the price of donkey suitable for cut was increased 4 times.

Especially there is a serious demand for donkey skin from China.

The "ejiao" substance produced from brown gelatin, which is produced by decoction of donkey skin, is used in the production of traditional medicines and some healthy food products.

Donkey meat and skin trade:

According to British donkey protection association The Donkey Sanctuary, 1.8 million donkey skins are traded annually. The demand is estimated to be about 10 million.

According to the Chinese government data, the donkey population in the country, which was 11 million in 1990, is now 3 million.

The weight of ejiao, which is obtained by boiling the donkey skin, is sold for about $ 388.

Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal banned donkey exports to China.