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Why are donkeys facing their ‘biggest ever crisis’ – By Alastair Leithead – BBC News

Why are donkeys facing their ‘biggest ever crisis’?

7 October 2017 – By Alastair Leithead  – BBC News, Africa correspondent 

The world’s donkeys are facing a population crisis because of the huge demand for their skins in China, where they are used to make health foods and traditional medicine.

Donkey meat is also a popular food, but a huge drop in the number of Chinese donkeys and the fact they are slow to reproduce, has forced suppliers to look elsewhere.

Africa has been badly hit because the animals are such an important part of life for transport and farming – particularly in poorer communities.

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