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Brazil’s controversial donkey slaughter ban

A donkey working in the center of Bahia: although donkeys are still often used, motorcycles have been increasingly popular in recent years.
A donkey working in the center of Bahia: although donkeys are still often used, motorcycles have been increasingly popular in recent years.

The slaughter of donkeys in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia became subject to new regulations in June 2016, as part of a deal between Brazil and China.

In China, donkeys are sought for meat but more so for their hides, which are boiled to produce ejiao, a gelatin used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat everything from aging to lack of libido in women. China produces 1.8 million hides each year but consumes four million. With demand rising, the country has been seeking deals with various developing countries.

However, in November 2018, animal rights groups won a...

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