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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

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.
1 year ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is an editorial consultant with SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.
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