Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
3 minute read
18 Mar 2021
4:36 pm

Asian medicine market drives increased demand for SA’s donkey skins

Nica Richards

Donkeys are slaughtered for their skins, which is believed to have anti-ageing properties, cures insomnia, and improves blood circulation.

Rescued donkeys recover at a place of safety. Picture: Facebook

A coffle of donkeys recently rescued by the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has put into sharp focus the possible reemergence of a cruel trade in donkey skins.  A number of trucks transporting around 100 donkeys near Mooi River in KwaZulu-Natal were intercepted by the Mooi River SPCA, who, with the help of local police, stopped the trucks until the NSPCA arrived.  Young foals and old donkeys aboard the trucks were destined for the donkey skin trade, which first emerged in South Africa 2016.  Since then, an entire underground trade has been discovered, with the skins destined for China’s traditional...