Brooke dismayed at court decision to resume donkey slaughter in Kenya
Working animals’ charity Brooke reacts to Kenya’s retraction to donkey slaughter ban
International working horse and donkey charity Brooke has reacted with dismay following a Kenyan court’s decision to overturn February 2020’s ban on the slaughter of donkeys for their skins, giving the green light for slaughterhouses to resume activities.
Prior to 2020’s ban on the trade, hundreds of thousands of donkeys were being slaughtered every year for their skins at Kenya’s four slaughterhouses. The skins were then exported to China to make Ejiao, a popular Traditional Chinese Medicine, touted to have anti-ageing properties.
After donkeys were stolen or sold for their skins, they were often subjected to mistreatment, transportation in cramped and dangerous vehicles, starvation, neglect and inhumane slaughter. Now, communities fear their donkeys will once again be at risk.
Dr Raphael Kinoti, regional director at Brooke East Africa, said: “This is a massive blow for donkeys, animal welfare, and especially the hardworking people who rely on donkeys to earn a living and provide for their families.”
While Africa remains the primary source of both legally and illegally-sourced donkey skins to China, the trade is spreading across the globe. In fact, the demand is currently estimated to be 4.8 million skins each year, which means that almost half of the world’s donkeys could be wiped out in the next five years.
To find out more about the donkey skin trade and how Brooke is working to protect donkeys, click here.