The most important equine charity on this planet, The Donkey Sanctuary, has welcomed the Nigerian authorities’s strikes in direction of an outright ban on the slaughter of donkeys and the export of their skins.
The charity can even launch its donkey farming report shortly, which clarifies why donkey farming is neither a sustainable answer nor can it save these animals from the specter of decimation posed by the worldwide fur commerce in some international locations.
Donkeys undergo always within the world leather-based commerce course of, from supply to slaughter, because of the brutal and inhumane circumstances which might be an indicator of this trade. Even probably the most weak donkeys, together with pregnant mares, younger foals, the sick and injured, are caught and traded no matter their well-being or ache.
Ian Cawsey, Director of Advocacy and Campaigns at The Donkey Sanctuary, mentioned, Nigeria joins different international locations, that are seeing the catastrophic impact of the donkey pores and skin commerce, in taking motion to guard their nationwide herds.
“Nevertheless, it is crucial that authorities actions comply with scientific analysis as a way to present a secure and sustainable answer. The arguments about creating a regulated answer for donkey farming could appear tempting, however in actuality science reveals that this is not going to be the way in which to go given the numerous challenges of donkey farming and the low variety of farms it could produce.
“The Donkey Sanctuary will proceed to talk out in favor of donkeys threatened by the leather-based commerce; we’ll be sure that governments have all of the info which overwhelmingly reveal that this commerce is unsustainable, will deplete the variety of donkeys and is more and more linked to crime and the unlawful wildlife commerce ”.
For hundreds of years, donkeys have performed a vital function in supporting communities globally, as a rule as working animals with little financial worth. Nevertheless, their worth as a commodity has elevated in latest many years with the rising recognition of a conventional Chinese language treatment referred to as ejiao, the primary ingredient of which is donkey pores and skin collagen.
The charity’s donkey breeding report particulars the poor outcomes of efforts to boost sustainable donkeys to fulfill demand, partly as a result of lengthy gestation durations and susceptibility to emphasize, which might have an effect on fertility.
The Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Pure Assets and different members of the Nigerian Nationwide Meeting working to outlaw the slaughter of donkeys for the leather-based commerce welcomed the report and used it to assist deal with the misinformation on the feasibility of donkey farming.
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