NAIROBI: Animal activists urged Kenya on Thursday to ban the slaughter of donkeys for use in chinese medicinal drug, a practice which has soared in current years and decimated African populations of the animal.

Donkey skins are exported to China to make a traditional remedy referred to as ejiao, which is believed to improve blood move, slow getting old, and improve libido and fertility. It became as soon as the keep of emperors but is now fantastically favorite with the aid of a burgeoning middle-elegance.


people for the moral treatment of Animals (PETA) said an investigation inside Kenyan slaughterhouses showed animals being cruelly overwhelmed by way of employees, or useless after lengthy truck trips from neighbouring nations.

“PETA is calling for Kenya to join many different African countries in banning the slaughter of donkeys. There may be without a doubt no need for this cruelty, [the medicine] is not even something that has been proven to be powerful,” stated spokeswoman Ashley Fruno.

numerous African international locations have banned the export of donkey skins and closed chinese language-owned slaughterhouses, meaning hundreds of the animals are now trucked long distances into Kenya from countries such as Ethiopia and Uganda.

Kenya’s major Secretary for farm animals Harry Kimutai stated he had taken be aware of the file and “we desire to request PETA to offer us with info for us to do so.”

Alex Mayers of the UK-based animal welfare corporation The Donkey Sanctuary stated testimonies about the exchange first began emerging in 2016. In East Africa, there had been an estimated 2.Four million donkeys, and between Kenya’s four slaughterhouses and illegal traders, an predicted 2,000 donkeys have been killed daily, he introduced.

If this maintains, donkeys inside the location will be worn out in four years, said Mayers, adding donkeys were no longer like cows or goats that can be intensively bred.

posted in sunrise, might also seventeenth, 2019