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China is buying up all the world's donkeys... and turning them into Jell-o
produced from donkey hide is a key ingredient of one of China's
favorite traditional remedies, known as ejiao, which is used to treat a
range of ailments from colds to insomnia.
as the rising power shifts towards advanced industry and away from
traditional agriculture, donkeys are in decline. State statistics show
the population has fallen
from 11 million to six million over the last 20 years.
is now increasingly looking to Africa to boost its stocks, and imports
donkeys from countries across the continent. But flourishing trade has
hit several roadblocks.
Niger recently became the latest African state to ban exports of donkeys, following a surge in sales to China.
Government officials reported
that 80,000 animals had been sold in the year to date, compared with
27,000 in 2015, and warned that the donkey population would be
"decimated" on current trends.
August, Burkina Faso took the same step, after 45,000 donkeys were
slaughtered in six months from a total population of 1.4 million.
both cases, the value of donkeys soared and the fledgling industry
delivered a valuable stream of foreign currency. But growth came at a
"...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)