Donkyi Afahy, Ghana – Donkey Abattoir in Walewale, Ghana
Donkyi Afahy: Donkey skin trade is banned in Ghana, but animal rights advocates say enforcement has been shaky. While nine donkey slaughterhouses are legal in the northern region, they continue to operate and sell donkey meat and hides to Chinese buyers.
Among other things, the trade has led to theft and deaths of young foals and pregnant mares. Ultimately, the process of animal skin trade has been a calamity for the country’s animals.
Blue Coast Trading
The situation is so terrible that some communities are considering forming their own animal welfare groups. This is because the Blue Coast Trading in Donkyi Afahy, Ghana is slated to open an abattoir in Walewale, which slaughters donkeys, butchers, and pigs. Oxpeckers in the area have organized meetings to protest against the Blue Coast Trading’s plans to reopen the abattoir in Walewale.
According to local news reports, Blue Coast Trading has already dug the foundations and placed bricks in the building. The company hopes to open by the first or second week of May, although they have not yet started buying donkeys.
The company has four business certifications and a renewed abattoir license. It also refuses to give an explanation of the scale of its operations. Its plan to slaughter at least 300 donkeys per day has caused a backlash among traditional chiefs in the area.
In addition to exporting donkey hides to China, the Blue Coast Abattoir also sells the meat locally. But many people in the north don’t eat donkey meat, and the meat they do eat is a prized delicacy. But the local resistance re-surfaced in the donkey skin trade, and the abattoir has become a battleground for stock theft.
Donkey skin trade
The trade in donkey skin is driven by high demand for the skin and ejiao (donkey dung), which is produced for medicinal purposes in China. Unfortunately, donkeys are not grown or kept on farms in Ghana, so the trade is fueled by fake donkey farms. This has many negative consequences, from causing chronic stress and immunosuppression in donkeys to spreading zoonotic diseases through contact with dead donkeys.
Donkey skin trade is illegal, unethical, and violates national and international laws. The slaughter rate for donkeys in Ghana is alarming. And the lack of regulation, treatment, and health standards in the industry makes it an especially hazardous business.
But the trade is growing rapidly and it needs to stop. To stop the trade, we need to educate the public and change the laws and regulations. Listed below are some of the main concerns and challenges surrounding the trade.
The demand for donkey skins in Ghana has grown exponentially. The skins are sold to Chinese companies, where they are used to make medicinal products. Donkey meat is also sold to these companies.
Despite the repercussions, donkeys are still an essential part of Ghana’s agriculture industry. Donkey skins and meat are valued internationally and command large amounts of money. If you are looking for a great quality, affordable skin for your next clothing purchase, donkey skin is a good option.
The trade in donkey skin is a highly specialized business. Although the market is profitable, there are many concerns related to the welfare of these animals. Animal welfare groups warn that half of the world’s donkeys may disappear within five years. They also warn that China’s growing demand for donkey hide gelatin could slow down. These concerns are not unfounded:
Blue Coast Ghana Company
In April 2013, Nicholas Liu, the director of the Blue Coast Ghana Company, opened a donkey abattoir in Walewale, Ghana. The facility features a football-pitch-sized pre-slaughter holding pen, self-contained living quarters for the donkeys and an electric fence. Set against the squalor of the surrounding area, it is the only modern building. It is guarded around the clock.
Donkey meat is the most expensive meat in the world, and the demand in China has pushed the country’s donkey population to a record low. This has led to a significant decrease in the number of donkeys, and is likely to continue as long as this industry is operating. But there are signs of life. Oxpeckers have been monitoring the company’s slaughtering operations in Walewale since 2014.
While the government of Ghana praised Blue Coast Trading’s abattoir’s proposal, local residents were initially opposed. However, local politicians and traditional chiefs were able to persuade them of the benefits of the project, which is now a huge cash cow for the company. This project is one example of how government policy can help locals and businesses thrive. The government is committed to promoting industrialisation throughout the country.
Donkey hide is a valuable product, and in Ghana, donkeys are in great demand. Their skins are sold in China, and the meat is exported to China. Donkey hide is used for a variety of purposes, including the production of glue for Chinese medicine. Its high demand for hides equates to up to ten million donkeys being killed annually. This amounts to a quarter of the global donkey population.
A Chinese trader who owns an abattoir on the Blue Coast of Ghana, Nicholas Liu, shut down his operations after the Veterinary Services Directorate of the country restricted the sale of donkeys. The Chinese trader, however, has since re-built the abattoir. His efforts to curb the trade in donkey meat and hide have made him the most respected figure in the region.
Oxpeckers is investigating the issue of smuggling donkeys into Ghana from Mali and Burkina Faso. Oxpeckers’ investigation found that many people in Ghana used to burn or discard the donkey hides and then sell them to Chinese buyers. While crimes against animals are punishable under the Criminal Code of 1960, there are currently no provisions in place to control the trade in donkey hides.
Locals were horrified to learn that Chinese managers of the abattoir were destroying the livelihood of their neighbors. They found skins from bush slaughterhouses in the abattoir’s cold rooms. Despite public discontent with the process, Chinese incentives encouraged more bush slaughters and fueled resentment among locals. As a result, a popular meat wholesaler in Accra added donkeys to their products in 2015.
Local residents were initially resistant to the project, but local politicians and traditional chiefs were convinced that the project would create jobs and move Ghana towards greater industrialisation. The abattoir was hailed as a milestone in the government’s ‘One district, one factory’ policy. While local residents resisted the project, Blue Coast Trading was able to persuade traditional chiefs to accept the project.
Bono Ne Ahafo Mantam W Ghana No Di
The name of this song is derived from the fact that Bono is a fan of Ahafo Mantam. The two of them have become friends and now play together in Ghana. Bono is a former Ghanaian football player and Ahafo is a renowned musician. They have collaborated on a number of albums.
Bechem United F.C ne boolbo kuo a eto miensa a efi Bono ne Ahafo mantam
Aduana Stars and Bechem United F.C are two boolbo akansie teams. However, Bono, a renowned musician, has not endorsed the team’s upcoming album. He said that the song is a slap to his detractors. Regardless, the fans have been left indifferent by the song’s lyrics.