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China’s demand for donkey skin, used in traditional Chinese medicine, drives big price increases for the animal in Africa and export bans

1 month ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
n 2016 thus far, 80,000 donkeys from Niger have been exported to China, compared to 27,000 in 2015. Traders in Burkina Faso also saw a huge surge in sales. The demand has put the the cost of the animal out of the reach of locals, leading to export bans.
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is the editor-in-chief of SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.