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Gangsters cashing in on black market donkey hides
Workers hold a donkey's hide before curing at a licensed slaughterhouse specialised in donkeys in Baringo, on February 28, 2017. The emergence of the global trade in donkey hide attributed mainly to the rise of Chinas middle class and an increased perception of the medicinal efficacy of a gelatine derived after boiling the hides, that is a key ingredient in a medicine called 'ejiao' has raised the price and the rate of slaughter of the animal. / AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images)

more than 4 million hides are bought in China once a year (Image: AFP)

Criminals in West Africa are taking advantage of a growing call for for donkey skins in Asia. 

in keeping with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), a pan-African assume tank, the global black market for donkey hides is essentially pushed by China, where glue, or ‘ejiao’, is extracted from the skins to produce conventional medications, cosmetics, and even aphrodisiacs. 

Those practices have seen the selection of donkeys in China lower dramatically for the reason that 1990s.

The area has grow to be a hotspot for trafficking in donkey skins, thank you in part to lax enforcement through authorities.

The animals are sometimes cruelly killed with crude tools, like hammers or daggers. 

This picture taken on February 28, 2017, shows donkeys at a dock at a licensed specialised slaughterhouse in Baringo. The emergence of the global trade in donkey hide attributed mainly to the rise of Chinas middle class and an increased perception of the medicinal efficacy of a gelatine derived after boiling the hides, that is a key ingredient in a medicine called 'ejiao' has raised the price and the rate of slaughter of the animal. / AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images)

Donkeys at a dock at a licensed specialised slaughterhouse in Baringo, Kenya the place the industry may be rife (Image: AFP)

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