14 January 2022

Tanzania bans donkey slaughter

The Tanzanian government has announced a ten year ban on the donkey skin trade following concerns about the country’s waning donkey population.  

There are estimated to be around 300,000 donkeys in Tanzania, although this number has been dropping at an alarming rate due to consumer demand for ejiao, a gelatin found in donkey skin that’s used within Chinese beauty and health products.

Tanzania previously banned donkey slaughter in 2017, although this was overturned in February 2018, allowing slaughterhouses to re-open operations.

Whilst today’s ban is set for ten years, this is a strong step in the right direction and one that will benefit donkeys and their owners hugely. Brooke will continue to work with the government to strengthen the ban in Tanzania and other countries in the region.

Around the world, hundreds of thousands of donkeys are slaughtered for their skins and exported annually. Brooke is calling for a global ban on the trade of donkey skins and a crackdown on cross-border smuggling of donkeys for their skins.

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Find out more about the donkey skin trade here.