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Donkey trade: Due to Eziao, donkeys are shipped from Africa to China

Isolated donkeys in a slaughterhouse area in Shinyanga (Tanzania). Image: World Animal Welfare Association

Do you remember the donkey trade in East Africa? There is good news (but not only)

East Africa has been affected by the effects of the donkey trade and has been selling blankets to China for years. A slaughterhouse in Tanzania is now closed, but the result is that trapped animals threaten to die in agony.

Do you remember the donkeys in Africa and how China buys shares there? In August 2019 we reported on the conditions in East Africa so that Eziao – said to be a solution – could make donkey skin gelatine in China. Kenya and Tanzania grew into centers of the donkey trade.

By the end of 2020 there were only positive reports: butcheries in the Xinjiang region (Tanzania) were closed on the instructions of the authorities. Why not communicate publicly. PartnerWorld Animal Welfare Society», Which supports the protection of the donkey, which is considered a measure to protect the declining donkey population.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. The problem is that the company cannot meet the requirements.

Lack of fodder in meadows. Donkeys depend on food and water. Image: World Animal Welfare Association

2000 donkeys stranded

Very good so far. Unfortunately, this is not the case with pet dealers. More animals were delivered during the closed days and weeks. About 2000 donkeys by January 2021. These are coming around now.

Problem: No one can take care of donkeys. Christophe May Watson of the World Animal Welfare Association said: “About 2,000 donkeys were initially able to graze near the slaughterhouse, but these areas are increasingly restricted to pastures because communities need them for their farming. Donkey water supply is as complex as the spread of parasites because traders do not take precautionary measures here. “For now, the donkeys have been slaughtered, but now they face a tragic death.

Saving these donkeys is not easy. WTG is experimenting with its local partner Taveso Report donkeys to families in need. “We have set a goal to free as many donkeys as possible from their predicament,” May says. For other donkeys, at least animal care and fodder should be available. Currently, nearly 200 donkeys are kept.

An attempt is being made by traders to sell donkeys to locals at low prices. In addition, families across the region have been identified and donkeys have been stolen in the past few months, which is recurring and is very difficult for the families involved. Because a donkey also acts as a means of transportation in these areas. Life without the donkey still stands.

Parasite control in donkeys. Image: World Animal Welfare Association

However, finding stolen families is not easy. Donkey thefts are often not reported to authorities, which is why extensive research on the site is needed to find victims who rely too much on new animals.

Unfortunately, the donkey’s suffering is not over for now. Because, until the government stops the donkey trade, the problem will shift to another region. In addition, four slaughterhouses in Kenya are currently closed. But even here it is not clear how the situation will develop.


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