Kenya at centre of region’s donkey smuggling racket


By LEOPOLD OBI
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Kenya has been identified as a conduit for smuggling donkeys from neighbouring countries, according to a new report.

Demand for donkey skin, which is used in China for making traditional medicine, has been blamed for halving Kenya’s donkey population.

Donkeys remain crucial to rural economies, where they are used to transport food, water, firewood and farm produce.

But in China, they are used in production of ejiao, a traditional medicine made from gelatin extracted from boiled donkey hides.

Ejiao was in the past prescribed primarily to supplement lost blood but today it is sought for a range of ailments, from delaying ageing and increasing libido to treating side effects of chemotherapy and preventing infertility, miscarriage and menstrual irregularity.

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