Minister of Agriculture and Rural Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammed Nanono, has said he is collaborating with the National Assembly on a bill to stop the killing and exportation of donkeys or its derivatives.
According to Alhaji Nanono, this kind of legislation would make sure donkeys do not go into extinction.
The Minister revealed this at the Global inauguration of “Under the Skin” the impact of the global trade in donkey skins in West Africa by the Donkey Sanctuary, a UK-based international NGO in collaboration with Nigeria Now, an NGO, on Thursday in Abuja.
He added that when the bill is passed, it would complement the import and export of raw animal skins and hides especially donkey presently on the Customs Prohibition List.
His words, “The indiscriminate slaughtering of this species of animals if not controlled will lead to the extinction of the animal’s population in Nigeria.
“In addition, recent research has revealed a worrying trend in the growing trade and demand of donkey skin and its potential effects to global donkey populations and their welfare.
“As part of measures to check these unethical practices, the Federal Government through the Ministry of Agriculture in the 42nd Regular Session of the National Council of Agriculture in 2017 noted the need to preserve donkey and re-classified it as endangered species to prevent its extinction.
“The government at the meeting also encouraged research on the development of donkeys and a sustainable breeding programme for donkey species.”
“They also use their donkeys which have been shown to be more resilient during droughts than other livestock like cattle as an extra source of income, using them to carry goods from one location to another.”
“It is a crisis that demands immediate action and we are calling for urgent halt to the global trade in donkey skins.”
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