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Gumtree scraps sale of donkeys and by-products

More than 100 donkeys were illegally slaughtered in the Northern Cape and North West in the last three months.

Picture: gumtree.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - Gumtree says it will no longer allow the sale of live donkeys or donkey hides.

Gumtree's Estelle Nagelm says the decision comes after receiving requests from the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty against Animals (NSPCA) and Ban Animal Trading South Africa.

Animal shelters advertising the adoption of donkeys will still be allowed.

Lloyd says their moderators will be on high alert to any ads involving the sale of donkeys and their by-products.

“While some people may feel it’s a bit extreme, it’s necessary to actually impose a ban to prevent any of these practices from continuing."

Last month, the National Council of Societies for the NSPCA revealed that there was a massive increase in donkey poaching.

The NSPCA said some animals were being slaughtered in a barbaric way.

Donkey skin is in demand in China as it’s used to produce medicine which is believed to delay menopause.

More than 100 donkeys were illegally slaughtered in the Northern Cape and North West in the last three months.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)