Save Wild Donkeys From Extinction

Target: Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa

Goal: Crack down on the poaching of wild donkeys before the issue reaches a crisis level.

The latest victim of the multi-million dollar poaching industry, the donkey, is facing serious trouble in many parts of the world. In China, the population has halved within a span of only 13 years, with a population of 11 million in 1990 dropping to six million in 2013. Due to this sharp decrease in population, China is now looking to other parts of the world for its supply. The animals are now also being poached in Africa, with South Africa, Botswana, and Kenya also facing a steep decline in populations.

Donkeys are poached for their skin, which is used to make gelatin that is commonly sold in Asia. The gelatin is said to have medicinal properties to help those suffering from anemia and symptoms of menopause. The gelatin is dissolved in tea or coffee or can be mixed with seeds and nuts for a snack. Donkey meat is also popular in China, and is often said to be better tasting and more nutritious than beef.

Massive shipments of donkey hides and even live animals are now coming out of Africa. While some of these sales are legitimate, many are suspected to be the product of illegal poaching. Over 5,000 pelts were recently seized by police in Johannesburg, the biggest shipment found to date. Police say that the animals were killed in a brutal manner, with many of the hides showing evidence of multiple stab wounds and bludgeoning.

Villagers and farmers that rely on the animals for sustenance are reporting their animals being stolen. Kabelo Nkoane of the Highveld Horsecare Unit in South Africa claims that if nothing is done, donkeys could face a poaching crisis similar to that of rhinos or elephants. Sign the petition below to demand that South Africa crack down on the illegal poaching of donkeys in order to save them from extinction.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Zokwana,

The poaching of wild donkeys in China has caused a massive decline in population. Now, Chinese importers are looking to other parts of the world to fill demand, including South Africa and other African nations.

Without intervention, donkeys in South Africa could soon face a poaching crisis similar to that faced by rhinos or elephants. We, the undersigned, ask that you come up with ways to enforce the protection of these animals before it’s too late.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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6 Comments

  1. TRACY JOSEPH says:

    Can one animal survive???? Or is the government making money out of this too?

  2. tera tukey says:

    Chinese will eat anything that is not nailed down for medicinal purposes….these glutton evil/demonic nation of dog /cat abusers/eaters are beyond words to describe….JUST GO EAT YOUR KINSMEN AND YOUR CHILDREN…LEAVE THE DOGS/CATS AND DONKEYS TO LIVE THEIR LIVES AND GOD INTEND THEM TO LIVE.NO WONDER SUCH CALAMITIES FALL UNTO SUCH PEOPLE.

  3. ESTO ES VIOLENCIA Y GENERA VIOLENCIA, ODIO Y MÁS DIFERENCIAS ENTRE LAS SOCIEDADES EN TODO EL MUNDO; ESTA VIOLENCIA GENERA CRIMEN ENTRE NUEVAS GENERACIONES. ALTO AL CRIMEN, A ESTA TERRIBLE E INDESCRIPTIBLE CRUELDAD!!!!! LA CRUELDAD DETIENE NUESTRA EVOLUCIÓN Y ES INACEPTABLE. ESTO ES UN CRIMEN IMPERDONABLE!!!! ALTO A LOS CRÍMENES DE ASIA!!!!!

  4. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Deuteronomy Chapter 14 explains the only animals that God gave humans permission to eat: Enlighten yourselves it is interesting to see what we’ve done.
    Baha’i Writings ~ “To the blessed animals, however, the utmost kindness should be exercised: the more the better it will be. Man is generally sinful and the animal is innocent Educate the children in their infancy in such a way that they may become exceedingly kind and merciful to the animals… The universe of God is a wonderful theatre upon the stage of which every created thing plays its part.”
    Hadith No. 557 ~ ”O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals? He replied: Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate.”
    Proverbs 12.10 ~ A righteous man has regard for the life of his animals.
    Psalm 34:16 ~ The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. God created all the animals
    Psalm 50:10 ~God cares for the animals. “Jesus said: ‘are not the five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God.
    Psalm 104 ~ All animals belong to God.
    The Bible repeatedly affirms that all creation participates in the praise of God, and each living thing has a part in God’s great purposes.
    Mahatma Gandhi ~ “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    Buddha ~ “It is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.”
    Pythagoras ~ “For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”

  5. Rosie Boyd Rosie Boyd says:

    For feck sake!! What is wrong with fecking Asians? They seem to think that all animals possess magical healing properties!! Try looking at plants you ignorant pieces of dog eating shit, with tiny penis syndrome. There is no proof at all that there is any active ingredient derived from animals that will cure anything …. apart from HUMAN stem cells.

  6. Please China stop this nonsence. You are killing animals for no reason. Believing anything from animals can cure you. Stop this brutality. You just like killing any animal. This has to stop. If you have any brains Chinese people, stop this cruelty.

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