c2-donk-RTR208MZ-Nozim Kalandrov

Thanks to China, donkey prices are soaring around the world

$240

The price of a donkey in Tajikistan doubled from about $120 in 2016 to $240 in 2017.

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c2-donk-RTR208MZ-Nozim Kalandrov
$240

Similar spikes are happening in other Central Asian countries and also in Africa.

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$240

The main reason is high demand from China. Donkey-skin gelatin, known as ejiao as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine, is extremely popular in the country.

c2-donk-RTR208MZ-Nozim Kalandrov
$240

The gelatin is said to have medicinal properties and is used to treat conditions like dry coughs and anemia among others. It is also mixed with berries and walnuts and consumed as snack.

c2-donk-RTR208MZ-Nozim Kalandrov
$240

Demand in Tajikistan is so high that people are having their donkeys stolen, with most being taken to China via Kyrgyzstan.

c2-donk-RTR208MZ-Nozim Kalandrov
$240

The number of donkeys in China fell from about 11 million in 1990 to 6 million in 2014. Fearing a similar decrease, countries in Africa are banning donkey exports.

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