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National coverage for donkey skin trade campaign

The Donkey Sanctuary, which is leading the efforts to draw world-wide attention to the trade in donkey skins for the use in traditional Chinese remedies, has been featured on BBC News.

Alastair Leithead, BBC Africa Correspondent, reported from Kenya, and Mike Baker, The Donkey Sanctuary CEO, was interviewed from our Sidmouth sanctuary about the growing threat to donkeys worldwide.

The charity's Under the Skin report and campaign was also featured by BBC Radio Scotland. You can find both pieces below:

The Donkey Sanctuary releases global donkey skin trade survey

The Donkey Sanctuary, which is leading the efforts to draw world-wide attention to the trade in donkey skins for the use in traditional Chinese remedies has released a global survey to help map the devastating trade.

The international charity is calling on everyone who works with donkeys worldwide from veterinarians and livestock officers to project staff and community leaders to complete the short survey and help tackle this devastating trade.

The Donkey Sanctuary Family Food Fair

Definitely one for foodies and families alike, The Donkey Sanctuary’s new Family Food Fair being held on Saturday 14 October at Slade House Farm, Sidmouth will showcase the best food, drink and talent the region has to offer.

When: Saturday 14 October, from 10:00am until 4:00pm.

Where: The Donkey Sanctuary, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU

The Kitchen's sous chef and some keen little helpers prepare for the Family Food Fair

Charity releases new film to raise awareness of donkey skin trade

The Donkey Sanctuary has released a new short film highlighting the impact of the donkey skin trade - the largest single welfare issue the charity has seen. The film will be used to raise awareness of the skin trade which - in both legal and illegal forms - is being used to feed the burgeoning consumer desire for a type of traditional Chinese medicine called Ejiao.

Crisis talks on Namibia’s donkey population

New research released this week by The Donkey Sanctuary reveals that the trade in donkey skins for use in traditional Chinese remedies is placing Namibia’s working donkey populations at great risk.

A coalition of concerned groups are meeting in Windhoek to consider how best to raise awareness about the issue and to protect Namibia’s working donkeys from the trade. The SPCA Windhoek and NSPCA will be joined by The Donkey Sanctuary, which is spearheading international efforts to halt the trade.

Photograph of donkeys being rounded up and herded in Brandberg, Namibia.  Copyright © Knotig. All rights reserved.

Volunteers needed to help clear invasive plants along the River Axe

The Donkey Sanctuary is seeking volunteers for its Himalayan Balsam Clearance Volunteer Day in Dorset on Wednesday 6 September from 10am to 4pm.

Volunteers are wanted to help clear Himalayan balsam plants along the bank of the River Axe on Donkey Sanctuary land at East Axnoller Farm near Beaminster in Dorset. Himalayan balsam is an invasive plant which spreads quickly and causes serious damage to UK river and stream habitats.

Himalayan Balsam plants

Uganda becomes latest African nation to ban donkey skin trade

Uganda has become the latest country to protect its working donkey population by banning the trade in donkey skins in a strongly-worded statement. The move has been applauded by The Donkey Sanctuary which has been leading efforts to halt the trade.

The huge demand from China for a traditional medicine called ejiao, made from donkey skins, is resulting in donkey-dependent communities around the world being targeted by skin traders, with a legal trade being supplemented by an extensive illegal trade in stolen and slaughtered donkeys.

One of the thousands of donkeys kept for slaughter in China

Escape the crowds after the Red Arrows and enjoy a meal at The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary’s new family-friendly restaurant, The Kitchen, will provide a tranquil haven in which to enjoy an evening meal after the Red Arrows air show in Sidmouth on Friday 25 August.

Opening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for one evening this summer, The Kitchen will serve great value, freshly prepared food in a relaxing environment, including delicious main meals, great vegetarian and vegan options, and a varied children’s menu. Pre-booking is not required.

Inside the restaurant