The curious Hunger of the Chinese: Africa from the ass


The Problem must have such a magnitude that 200 participants from 27 countries”, the business with the donkeys” in the short term, on the agenda of the third African Animal Welfare Conference set. The conference was held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, including high-ranking representatives from politics and the United Nations. And why all this? Because the business with the mass flourishing slaughter of donkeys for the Chinese market. The “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”.

The Chinese have a big appetite for donkey meat, and especially you lust skin of the donkey, the gelatin is obtained. Used as a medicine and to apply as an energy-Booster. Now it is not there in China enough ass to cover the demand, so it is served to the animals from African countries.


poaching: “the donkey skin is the new ivory”

lack of donkey is threatened existences

The business is lucrative and also still legal. For gelatin, the can you win from donkey skin, prices of up to 1300 euros called. No wonder, then, that the Kenya government supports the demand is very fond of. The has opened in the last year in four abattoirs for donkeys, three of which are Chinese-owned. The Problem: There are not enough donkeys.

so What happens? It is becoming more and more frequent thefts of donkeys. Also from the neighboring countries, which are then slaughtered, either immediately, or alive across the border to Kenya brought. The is fatal. Especially in the structurally weaker regions of Africa, the donkey is often the only beast of Burden. The animals, carry water and wood, transporting the Sick or children to school. Many families are economically dependent on the animals. Stolen the animal, are existences threatened.

in Kenya there Are soon no more donkey?

such As the “NZZ” reported to be slaughtered in Kenya each day, up to 500 donkeys, and then the meat and the skin is exported with all the necessary documents. “The battle rate of the donkeys in Kenya is five times the rate of reproduction,” said Tabitha Karanja of the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization, the “NZZ”. “Thus, there is a constant Trend to 2022, no more donkey in the country.”

In some African countries, there is now a ban on the export of donkeys. Not so in Kenya. The pressure is growing on the government. The participants of the conference to call on the Kenyan government to Act and, in the ideal case, a complete ban on the trade with a donkey’s skin to obtain.

sources: “NZZ”, “GEO”

topics in this article, Hunger in Africa gelatin Kenya NZZ Addis Ababa Livestock China UN


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