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February 10, 2020 - Scientific American

The Global Donkey Crisis - Yes, Really

The Global Donkey Crisis - Yes, Really
Donkey tethered to stone wall File Image: (c) Photabulous!

Koalas might be cuter, but donkeys are being abused and slaughtered en masse for their skins, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine

The loss of animal life in the ongoing devastation of Australia's wildfires, now estimated as reaching up to one billion deaths, is rightly garnering extensive news coverage. Charismatic species like koalas and kangaroos are suffering terribly in this massive natural disaster, capturing our attention and empathy. But in other parts of the world there is a human-made disaster of global proportions affecting another species, one we rarely give the attention afforded the iconic koala and kangaroo: the simple donkey.

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