The largest country in the world which exports donkeys to China, Kenya, has banned the slaughtering of donkeys in the country.
After several pressure from animal rights organisations for over two years, Kenya has finally banned the commercial slaughter of donkeys in the country.
The Brooke, one such international charity that secures and enhances lives of working horses, donkeys and mules around the globe, has joined others to celebrate the development which also comes with economic consequences.
While in Kenya, at least 1,000 donkeys are slaughtered daily to be exported to China, where their skin is boiled down to make ejiao, a medication used in traditional Chinese medicines.
In 2012, the East African country signed the bill legalizing trade in donkey meat which was a growing demand in China. But Agriculture Minister Peter Munya states that the decision had been raising a mistake as it had caused the donkey population to diminish.
Lots of Kenyans living in the rural community, use donkeys to fetch water and firewood, fears that their dwindling numbers will increase the workload of women.
According to government data published last week, Kenya has over 1.2 million donkeys compared with 1.8 million a decade ago.
With the latest banning, Kenya joins hosts of other African countries that have banned donkey exports to China which includes Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal.