China kills Kenya’s donkey

The donkey in Kenya could have been eradicated by 2023.

 

“New Silk Road”: China kills Kenya’s donkey – indigenous farmers go bankrupt

September 17, 2019 (Epoch Times) – The donkey in Kenya could have been eradicated by 2023: four licensed slaughterhouses for donkeys have been operating in Kenya since 2016, three of which are in Chinese hands. In order to use the skin of the animals for remedies, Chinese customers donate the donkeys legally or illegally from East Africa. Because stocks are steadily decreasing, farmers can no longer afford livestock.

In the highly industrialized parts of Europe, the donkey used as livestock for at least 5,000 years plays a relatively minor role. As a support or pack animal in agriculture, he has been largely replaced as well as the horse by mechanical technology. At most in the leisure sector, it still has a certain importance as a mount, in countries such as Italy or Hungary as food: meat and sausage products from donkeys are traded here at mostly proud prices.

More than 96 percent of all donkeys in underdeveloped countries in use

In less developed countries, however, whole livelihoods depend on donkeys – with more than 40 million animals in the world, about 96% are employed in developing or emerging countries, such as transportation, agriculture or the milling industry. Where the donkey is not available, poverty often threatens.

The African Animal Welfare Network (ANAW) is now alerting Kenya. The fact that more and more slaughterhouses for donkeys in the East African country start their operation and there is still a high number of unreported slaughterings, could lead to the fact that the donkey was already eradicated there in 2023.

The study, which ANAW submitted to it and on “The East African” reported, sees the made seven years ago classification of donkeys and horses as livestock for the purpose of obtaining food as the root of the problem. As a result, more slaughterhouses have been set up to serve the ever-increasing demand of local and international markets. There are currently four licensed slaughterhouses in Kenya alone.

 

Slaughter rate five times the reproductive rate

In the meantime, writes the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” (NZZ), Kenya’s four licensed slaughterhouses, which have been working since 2016, process 500 donkeys per day. Other estimates assume as many as 1,000 slaughtered donkeys daily. “The slaughter rate of the donkeys in Kenya is five times the reproductive rate,” explains Tabitha Karanja of the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization.

Karanja’s colleague, veterinarian Calvin Onyango, also addresses another issue that goes hand in hand with butchering slaughter: the export of donkey skins to East Asia. Onyango speaks of 600 000 units of donkey skin and 400 tons of donkey meat, which would have been exported in the years 2016-2018 to Vietnam, but especially to China.

Especially in China, the skin of donkeys is used in the production of the traditional remedy Ejiao, which produces about 5,000 tons per year. The constituents of donkey skin and gelatine derived from it would, it says there, balance blood loss, slow down the aging process, increase libido and relieve side effects of chemotherapy. In addition, the drug would reverse infertility, prevent miscarriages, and maintain the menstrual cycle.

Animal welfare groups are calling on the government in Kenya to withdraw licenses for the slaughterhouses, three of which belong to Chinese owners, until it has succeeded in putting into effect appropriate measures to protect the Kenyan donkey population.

Chinese promises of “noninterference” sound attractive to Africa’s potentates

The estimated value of gelatine produced from a donkey skin on the Chinese market can reach just under 1300 euros. At the same time, indigenous peasants or entrepreneurs are suffering from the reduction of donkey stocks in Kenya, which is driving up their purchasing prices. As a result of Chinese demand, an untrained young animal costs 25 percent more. Three years ago, donkeys who had been trained to travel were still able to pay just under 130 euros. In addition, there are now increased costs for the guarding of the animals: Again and again strangers invade at night in stables and on land, steal or kill the donkeys and remove their skin. Therefore, some other East African countries have already issued export bans.

The large-scale purchase of the livestock of African economies without regard to the interests of the population and the agriculture of the affected countries is symptomatic of the way China is practicing “development cooperation” in Africa.

Indeed, many governments in Africa appear at first sight to be attractive under the banner of the “New Silk Road”. Unlike the IMF or other Western institutions, Beijing does not demand economic reforms or institutional steps to enhance the rule of law and the market economy. This sounds like little interference, especially as promoted with generous loans and joint ventures for the expansion of infrastructure and the decrease in export goods.

Scorched Earth policy with ultimate goal of harming the US

In fact, the Chinese offerings routinely put the affected countries in the debt trap and end up putting strategic ports or railways into the hands of Beijing as a pawn. The promises to buy goods turn out to be a Danaer gift – as in the case of Kenya, the operation of donkey slaughterhouses.

Meanwhile, the One Belt, One Road initiative is not just focusing on procuring legal rights to land routes, waterways and major ports, or selling off their fauna and flora. The Chinese Communist Party wants to use loopholes wherever they are in the world. Many countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America are new independent states created by decolonization. These regions experienced a power vacuum, which invited the Chinese Communist Party to gain a foothold.

The new independent countries, which once included the Soviet Union and its Eastern European satellites, had limited sovereignty and were also easy prey for the CCP regime. Small countries, island states and underdeveloped countries in strategic locations are all in the crosshairs of the party.

From a geopolitical point of view, the party is gradually revolutionizing the United States by controlling the economies of other countries. The goal is to reduce, suppress and eventually eliminate American influence from these countries – in the end to replace their own, totalitarian-communist world order.

By Reinhard Werner

Description of source: Epoch Times is a German-language news from China. Country of origin: Germany

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