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China's demand for medicine fuels African donkey slaughter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Around Mogosani village, in South Africa's North West province, residents say syndicates catch the animals in grazing fields and pens. read more


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