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In Kenya, countless donkeys are brutally and illegally slaughtered each year because of an insatiable demand for their meat and skins. More than 2 million donkeys die each year for this trade and there are only 44 million donkeys in the world. Unless the trade is stopped, DONKEYS COULD DIE OUT SOON.

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Despite a legal ban on their slaughter, increasing reports of theft and clandestine killings persist, leading to a catastrophic decline in donkey populations.

When donkey slaughter was legal, Kenya quickly became an epicenter of the trade in Africa to China, where a gelatin called ejiao made from boiling them down is used in traditional Chinese medicine.

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Donkeys awaiting their slaughter in awful conditions. Credit: KSPCA

In 2020, in collaboration with our local partners in Kenya and the Ministry of Agriculture, we successfully closed four donkey abattoirs.

The slaughterhouses operated for just three years. IN 36 MONTHS, 15% OF KENYA’S DONKEYS WERE SLAUGHTERED. An alarming 1,200 donkeys were slaughtered DAILY.

Thankfully, the Kenyan government banned the commercial slaughter of donkeys. However, we are now confronted with a new challenge, as the trade has shifted to illegal bush slaughter. It is imperative we stop this. We know that it's not easy, but the stakes are high. Donkeys are on the brink of extinction as their numbers rapidly decline.

Fueled by the relentless Chinese donkey skin trade, donkeys are stolen and illegally slaughtered in the bush, their skins shipped off to China, AND their meat sold to unsuspecting consumers in Kenya.

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Thousands of freshly slaughtered donkey carcasses stripped of their skins, meat and other internal organs have been discovered by the authorities over the past few months alone. Just last week, 200 stolen donkeys destined for slaughter were rescued and returned to their owners.

The cold-blooded criminals slaughtering donkeys for their skins are taking advantage of the high demand for meat in Nairobi, where unscrupulous high-end butcheries have been selling donkey meat disguised as cow meat.

The methods of donkey slaughter are unspeakably cruel – they are bludgeoned with axes and hammers and often even skinned alive. Can you imagine the utter terror of these poor donkeys?

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We need your help to end the horror of the donkey skin trade without the help of animal lovers like you.

With your support today, we will IMMEDIATELY deploy our specialized team to the high-risk areas of Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nairobi. Your donation will help us monitor suspicious and illegal activities in shutdown slaughterhouses and donkey bush slaughter hotspots alongside local law enforcement.We will also work with traffic police to track and intercept donkey skins in transit and prosecute the criminals involved.

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If we can raise $28,000 (£22,000), we can provide regular veterinary clinics and strategic surveillance initiatives across donkey slaughter hotspots in Kenya for an ENTIRE YEAR, saving hundreds, possibly even thousands, of donkeys from horrific fates. Our group of animal experts will ensure that these rescued animals receive the best possible care.

Please help us to take action by donating today!

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We cannot turn a blind eye as the animals are mercilessly slaughtered. Please donate generously to Network for Animals today and help us fight against the blood-curling massacre of donkeys.

For the Animals,

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Gloria Davies (and Max and Flora!)


Network for Animals

P.S. Your donation will directly contribute to saving donkey lives and putting an end to this slaughter. Together, we can protect Kenya’s donkeys. Please donate now.

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