30 January 2017
The cruelty of Chinese and African business: First or Rhino's, then our abalone and now our donkeys
By Mike Smith
30th of January 2017
Afrikaners love donkeys. In the Afrikaans language there is a folk song called “Die donkie is a wonderlike ding” (the donkey is a wonderful thing) and in Upington in the Northern Cape there is bronze statue and memorial to the noble donkey at the Kalahari-Oranje Museum where these beasts of burden are honoured in their role in the development of South Africa.
Incidentally I don’t know of Afrikaners ever erecting a statue to a black man and I have never heard a song called “die kaffer is ‘n wonderlike ding”…
Nevertheless…it always breaks my heart when I drive through rural South Africa and I see the blacks mistreating their donkeys. Poor things are so thin and starving and then being whipped to carry their stolen scrap metal to the dealers in town. You feel like you can take the whip from their hands and return the favour.
But let me show you the compassion of the Black African. It has emerged that police have found 18 dead donkeys SKINNED ALIVE on a plot of land near the Lesotho border. In fact the hunt is on for a total of 100 donkeys, but some sources suggested the number could be as high as 300 donkeys.
18 donkeys skinned alive
I mean farming and slaughtering an animal humanely in an abattoir is one thing, but please tell me what kind of sick fuck can skin an animal alive, listen to its pain and agony and then repeat it another 17 times?
This is not a one-off incident. The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has recently released multiple statements on donkeys being skinned alive in the Northern Cape, the Free State and Gauteng.
NSPCA farm animal unit manager Grace de Lange said a metal object is inserted into the donkeys’ necks to paralyse them and they are then skinned alive. “It is a long and painful death,” she said.
Donkey hide contains a gelatine which is claimed to be valued for medicinal purposes by the Chinese. The NSPCA statement said that, according to the China Daily Mail, the donkey skins have “anti-aging properties, able to treat insomnia and improve blood circulation”.