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PETA urges halt to Kenya s horrific donkey skin trade to China

Animal rights activists urged Kenya Thursday to ban the slaughter of donkeys for Chinese medicine, a practice which has soared in recent years, decimating populations of the animal in Africa. Donkey skins are exported to China to make a traditional medicine known as ejiao, which is believed to improve blood circulation. It was once the preserve of emperors but is now highly sought after by a burgeoning middle-class. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told AFP that an investigation inside Kenyan slaughterhouses showed animals being cruelly beaten by workers, or dead after long truck journeys from neighbouring countries. PETA is calling for Kenya to join many other African nations in banning the slaughter of donkeys. There is simply no need for this cruelty, (the medicine) is not even something that has been shown to be effective, said PETA spokeswoman Ashley Fruno. China is increasingly looking to Africa to satisfy demand as its own donkey population has nearly halved

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