The slaughtering of donkeys for their skin and body parts is reaching epidemic proportions and something needs to be done to stop it.
This constant massacre is fueled by the international demand for donkey parts, which are used extensively to make gelatin for a product called ejiao that has long been used as a traditional Chinese medicine, according to The Donkey Sanctuary.
Horrifically, an estimated 10 million animals are murdered each year in this donkey trade, and as a result, donkey populations are dwindling in China.
As a result, the marketplace is turning to African countries in order to satisfy the ongoing demand for donkey skins and other parts.
Public pressure is now successfully convincing many governments to take a stand against this gruesome treatment of these animals. Botswana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Ethiopia, and Tanzania have all banned the slaughter and export of donkeys.
The problem is, Kenya and South Africa still condone it.
An astounding 100,000 donkeys were slaughtered in Kenya alone over the last year.
As recently as June of this year, WAN reported on the discovery of more than 1,000 donkey skins on a plot in Benoni, a city in the South African province of Gauteng.
In January, reportedly between 300 and 400 donkey skins were discovered at another property in Benoni, and in February 300 skins were confiscated at the OR Tambo International Airport before they could be smuggled to their final destination in Hong Kong.