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Donkeys in Despair

The dangers facing these lovely creatures are mounting — we take a look at the cruel donkey skin trade

Animal Welfare

We’ve all heard of the phrase ‘donkey work’, the boring or laborious jobs that are physically tough and nobody wants to do. Across the world, donkeys have long been used as working animals to do these undesirable jobs — carrying goods and luggage, dragging ploughs over land, or even pulling carts of people. These poor animals are put under a lot of stress and strain throughout their lives, but being used for work isn’t the only plight they face.

A GROWING DEMAND

“The global donkey population is estimated at 44 million and is largely associated with economically developing nations where donkeys are predominantly working animals,” explains The Donkey Sanctuary (thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk). But you may not be aware that donkey-derived products are increasingly sought after. It is only over the last three years that The Donkey Sanctuary has seen a rise in the use of donkeys as production animals. They say: “The most highly valued products are skins (often referred to as hides), meat and milk. Global demand for diverse products of donkey origin has escalated rapidly, with a particular interest in the premium products resulting from donkey skins.”

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