Ivory Coast bans slaughter and export of donkeys

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The government of Côte d'Ivoire has announced a ban on the slaughter and export of Donkeys.
The government of Côte d’Ivoire has announced a ban on the slaughter and export of Donkeys. © Brooke

The slaughter and export of donkeys have been banned in Ivory Coast following an announcement by the government last week.

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of donkeys across Africa have been slaughtered for their skins due to rising Chinese demand for ejiao, a traditional Chinese medicine believed to have healing and anti-aging properties.

The news follows that of a 10-year ban on donkey slaughter in Tanzania, which was announced by the government in late 2021.

Whilst official statistics on Côte d’Ivoire’s equid population are unknown, the country’s position as a major port in West Africa has allowed it to become a corridor for the trade alongside border countries such as Ghana and Burkina Faso.

In 2019, the Ivorian authorities closed a clandestine donkey slaughterhouse in the northern town of Ouangolodougou that was exporting meat to China.

Brooke West Africa first met with the Ministry in September 2021, laying the groundwork for the historic ruling on July 13. Brooke’s Regional Representative Emmanuel Sarr said it was a historic decision for the preservation of the donkey species.

“It complements an integrated response at the regional level, led by Brooke West Africa. It is truly a huge stone thrown into a pond of traffickers of donkey skins and the result of a great collaboration with the Ministry of Livestock of Côte d’Ivoire.”

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