Egypt has recently signed a trade agreement to export nearly 10,000 donkeys to China while it will possibly send dogs to South Korea.
The deal was inked after requests from many Chinese companies as a number of Africans have banned China from buying their donkeys to maintain sustainability after an increase in the level of exports.
Ibrahim Mahroos, a director at Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture, said that Egypt will send donkeys alive to China in accordance with an Islamic ruling in al-Azhar, the top Islamic authority, al Arabiya reported.
According to the official, China wants the donkey’s skin rather than its meat.
In September, Niger introduced a ban on trade of donkeys after export of the four-legged creature increased to 80,000 this year from 27,000 last year. The price of a donkey in the African nation also increased around three-fold.
China is seeking to buy donkeys from the world as the population of the animal in the country has dropped by almost half.
China uses donkey’s skins to produce medicine for its perceived ability to cure coughs, relieve insomnia and revitalise the blood.