Kenya: ‘Boom’ in donkey meat exports to China


Donkey hides, seen drying here at the Baringo abattoir, are prized in China for supposed medicinal properties

Donkey hides, seen drying here at the Baringo abattoir, are prized in China for supposed medicinal properties.

A donkey abattoir that opened a year ago in Kenya is reportedly doing a booming business.

Goldox slaughterhouse, owned by Lu Donglin, a Chinese national, opened in the western county of Baringo in April last year after the Kenyan government approved donkey meat as fit for consumption.

The meat is exported to China but banned from being sold on the local market.

At least 600 donkeys are slaughtered every day, the Daily Nation reports.

Mr Donglin says they have to follow strict regulations and pay about $77 for each donkey:

”We depend on suppliers from as far as Tanzania, Turkana, Trans Mara and Maralal.”

Trade in donkey skins is worth millions of dollars, with hides prized in China for supposed medicinal properties.

The gelatine in the hides is used as a medicinal tonic, with some believing it can slow down menopause in women.

It is also used to try to treat conditions such as insomnia and poor circulation.

By Africafrique and agencies

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