Two Chinese Kill Donkey For Meat

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“WTF…is no animal safe from Chinese plates? I’ve never heard of this before!”

Two Chinese men this week invaded Kutsimuleni community searching for donkeys to slaughter and eat. They paid  E400 per beast.

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They scoured Kutsimleni under Mfangimbhekile Umphakatsi until they eventually got two donkeys from a Motsa homestead situated next to the chief’s compound. 

Residents became suspicious of the unfamiliar men in the area asking for donkeys and grilled them as to what exactly they wanted to do with the animals.

This is mainly because Chinese are also known to eat both dog and cat meat. The community members were also concerned that they  knew the Chinese had no fields in the area or anywhere nearby to use the animals for traction since they did not own any land. 

The residents also said they were suspicious because the Chinese appeared to be coming from far and therefore, could not drive the donkeys by themselves since they also did not come on a truck.
The Chinese had told the community that they wanted to carry the animals with them as soon as they paid for them.

To the surprise of the people, the men said they were badly craving for donkey meat and  they wanted to kill the animal and carry the carcasses to a butchery to be sliced.

In an interview with one of the donkey owners, who asked not to be named, said he was surprised when he saw the strange men walking to his home.  He said at first he thought they might have been kidnapped because he had never seen a Chinese national volunteer in the country.

“With their poor English, they explained their mission and I told them to forget it.
“I told them I would not sell any of my donkeys to them because they also said they would need my assistant in killing and skinning them.

Later on, they showed me a piece of paper with information about a certain community member who, I suppose, was where they were to buy the donkeys, but because maybe they were too hungry, they failed to follow the instruction and when they saw my donkeys, they decided to  pay me a visit,” he said.

Asked why he refused to sell the donkeys, the farmer said all he knew was that a donkey meat was inedible thus he regarded it a taboo when they came to his place. He said he was irked by the offer for each donkey, stressing that E400 was not enough because even a goat costs more than that. Nowadays goats cost at least E600 each.

The man, who eventually sold his donkeys for E800 (E400 each), on the other hand, said he needed the money and had enough donkeys to worry about giving away only two.
The old man, on crutches, refused to have his picture taken nor give his name, but we later learnt that he was a Motsa. 
“I do not want my pictures taken please respect me. I wonder what is wrong with selling my donkeys to people who want them. They said they were craving for the donkey meat and because I had enough I gave them my two donkeys,” he said. 
Efforts to get comments from the Chinese men proved futile because of their poor English.

Residents assist in skinning

Some brave community members assisted the Chinese men to kill and skin the donkeys they bought from the Motsa man.
They were given instructions on how to kill them while they (Chinese men) stood from a distance and watched with folded arms.


They first rode the animals to a nearby mini bush, where, one of them was tied to a big tree; the back of an axe was used to hit the back of its head. 
The animal was not moved by the first hit though it was very strong, but one could see it moving a bit while shaking its head probably in pain. However, the second hit was too strong for the animal to bear that it went down on its knees, its tail raised up and finally died. Curious community members had gathered at the scene to witness the killing, but were too scared to see the animal die.  

“Most of us closed our eyes with both hands. I have never seen an animal killed like this. some people said even pigs are killed this way, but I still do not believe it.
The Chinese men were not moved by the whole incident,” he said.
Observed during the skinning of the animal was that its intestines were larger than those of a cow and its meat more red than beef.

Agriculture ministry to investigate

The ministry of agriculture will launch investigations about the issue of the sold and killed donkeys.
Minister Clement Dlamini said he had since instructed veterinarians from the ministry to investigate the matter and visit the area where it happened.

“The challenge is that in this country, donkeys are not eaten and therefore there is no law regulating their use as food or how they are moved from one area to another. If they die we simply bury the carcass.
“Even then I think the people who bought the donkey should have got a carcass permit when transporting it,” he said.

He wondered where the donkey was sliced and stated that it was the first time he heard that some people eat donkeys. 
In an interview with one of the Chinese man, he said simply cut it himself with an axe.
He refused to give his name and threatened to cut the call.

According to information sourced from the internet, a few donkeys are milked or raised for meat in Italy, which has the highest consumption of equine meat in Europe and where donkey meat is the main ingredient of several regional dishes. Only about 1 000 donkeys were slaughtered in 2010, yielding approximately 100 tonnes of meat. “Only?”

Asses’ milk may command good prices: the average price in Italy in 2009 was €15 per litre, and a price of €6 per 100 ml was reported from Croatia in 2008; it is used for soaps and cosmetics as well as dietary purposes. “Ugh…I didn’t know that, but I do know I have never used any; well I bloody hope I haven’t, especially on vacations around Italy etc. I’m virtually vegan so don’t touch any animal products; if I know that is!”
The niche markets for both milk and meat are expanding. In the past, donkey skin was used in the production of parchment. “Didn’t know that either!”

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Rare animal hunting runs rampant in Nghe An

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Many rare wild animals in the central province of Nghe An’s mountainous areas are being hunted.

The reporter broke into a ring which specialised in rare animal meat in the province.

Pu Mat National Park located in three districts of Anh Son, Con Cuong and Tuong Duong is home to more than 1,000 wild animals. The park is targeted by many local hunters.

Lang, who leads a hunter group in Mon Son Commune, Anh Son District, said, “Earlier, we only hunted animals for food at home, but over recent years; many traders have come to the village to buy meat. A kilo of wild boar is sold at VND200,000 (USD9.52) and a kilo of silky-haired leopard is VND500,000 (USD23.8) and a kilo of white-cheeked gibbon costs VND300,000 (USD14.2). Everyday, dozens of hunters come to the national park.”

He added that, hundreds of wild animals are hunted for sale to lowlanders.

Mr. Hung, an animal trader in Con Cuong District, said the work offers him profits of nearly VND10 million (USD476) per sale. With dead animals, he used ice to freeze them, while, those which are still alive are put in cages to be transported to customers.

“We were arrested many times for wild animal trading, but now we know how to deal with concerned agencies,” Hung said.

Under Hung’s instruction, the reporter went to a restaurant in Quy Hop District to ask for a silky-haired leopard as a gift for his boss. However, the owner said the animal was very rare so he had to book for getting the product tomorrow.

When the reporter asked to buy 10 kilos of different kinds of wild animal meat, the owner also disclosed that fox, porcupine and wild boar and tortoise meat was available and she would freeze the product for him with ice so that he could take it to Vinh City.

Staff also took the reporter to the restaurant abattoir. After being slaughtered, the animals were put into fridges to serve customers gradually. This is the largest restaurant which sells wild animal meat in Quy Hop District.

The mountainous districts of Nghe An also house dozens of such restaurants.

Trans-continental traders

Mr. Ha in Do Luong District is well-known for rare animal trading.

He said that, “Earlier, I bought tortoises, snakes, varans and geckoes to sell them to agents in Vinh City. Gradually, through relationships, I moved to the trading of rare animals.”

Now, he has set up a network of traders who specialise in buying animals for him from the mountainous areas of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces. After that, Ha will specify different kinds of animals for sale. Monkeys will be sold at glue agents and fox, chamois and some others will be brought to restaurants in big cities.

Rare animals such as of silky-haired leopard, fox and white-cheeked gibbon will be sold to agents in Lang Son for sales to China.

Hung added that he has a three-ha farm in the nearby forest for gathering wild animals.

According to Hung, many people in Nghe An trade animal meat like him. Each local district has 7-8 people who have wide networks of collectors.

Tigers and rhinos have almost exhausted in Vietnamese forests, but if the reporter needs, he can get them quickly, Hung noted.

Hung also said that tigers, rhinos, elephant tusk and tail are mostly illegally transported from Laos and Africa to Vietnam. Nghe An, Hanoi and Ha Tinh have traders specialising in these products. They are trans-continental traders who sell the products to VIP customers so that they can use them for bone paste.

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Thieves slaughter, butcher calf on Rogers County road

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A calf was stolen from a ranch near Chelsea in Rogers County, then slaughtered and butchered in the middle of a rural road. After taking the meat, the thieves left the remnants in a rotting heap on the road.

Investigators say cattle thefts have risen the past several years, and cost the ranchers much more than the cost of the cow.

“It kind of upset me,” cattle rancher Rob Bacon said.
A pool of blood, a cow hide, and a pile of bones and internal organs was not what Bacon expected to find when he went to check on his cattle earlier this week.

“The calf weighed somewhere between 550 and 600 lbs,” Bacon said. “It was worth somewhere between $950 and $1,000.”  He said that wasn’t all he lost when the calf was taken.

“The real problem is now I’m going to have to winter [another] cow, buy her feed, buy her hay, buy her pasture,” he said.
“This calf should have been sold in July. Now it will be a year from July before I’ll be able to get another paycheck.”

John Cummings is a marshal for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and said crimes like this are happening far too often.

“We have a lot more people out here stealing scraps, stealing tractors, trailer, and cattle,” Cummings said. “Cattle prices are up, so cattle are a pretty hot commodity.”

Cummings works with local law enforcement in counties across the area to catch these thieves.

“It’s our goal to either recover the cattle, or arrest who’s involved in the crime and try to get restitution through the courts.”  He said the thieves sometimes try selling the meat to fund drug or alcohol habits, but most of the time they simply take the meat home and eat it.

Bacon knows he can’t watch every inch of his roughly 150 acre ranch all the time, but he’s not happy that thieves take advantage of him. “Not violated, just pissed off,” he said.

Now, he said he plans to carry his shotgun around on the property so he’ll be ready to scare off any other potential thieves.  The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the thieves.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Rogers County tip line at 918-341-3620.

If the thieves are caught, they will face animal cruelty charges and up to five years in prison.

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Horse slaughter, sale of meat would be prohibited under proposed New Jersey bill

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Plymouth Rock is a 19-year-old black Percheron and he is lucky to be alive.

The horse was set to be auctioned off to slaughter when Carol Kirshenbaum, animal lover and founder of Quack’ Corner, a group that helps rescue stray animals, found him.

His leg was fractured and his back was injured from his years as a carriage horse.

In his sorry state, Kirshenbaum saved him from possibly being sold for horse meat and, seven years later, he’s still going strong.

He’s actually one of my riding horses,” Kirshenbaum said.

She describes him as majestic.

A bill in the state legislature looks to prohibit the slaughter of horses and sale of horse flesh for human consumption.

Sponsored by Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R, 12) and Assemblyman Gilbert Wilson (D, 5), the bill would make it illegal to slaughter a horse and sell it for human consumption. Violators would be fined.

Congress created a federal ban on horse meat consumption in 2006; however, that ban was lifted in the fall of 2011.

Currently, there is a federal bill called the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act in the works to once again ban horse meat. Until then, Dancer hopes that New Jersey can pass a state law against it and serve as an example to other states.

“We don’t need to be taking horses from the stable to the table,” Dancer said.

There is already a law regarding dog meat for human consumption in the state. The current plan is to also insert horses into the law.

“I think it’s very important right now for states to be proactive,” Dancer said.

New Jersey, which named the horse as its state animal, has a great affinity and history with the animal, says Dancer.

“I understand over in Europe that’s a different culture but I’m trying to do everything I can to not take horses from the pasture to the plate here in New Jersey,” he said.

Violators of the proposed law can receive civil fines between $500-$1,000 for each horse slaughtered or carcass sold for human consumption.

Although Americans are not known to eat horse meat, many cultures across history have enjoyed its taste.

“If you reactivate the slaughterhouses, even with other animals, not even horses, do it humanely,” she said.

The bill goes to a vote in Trenton on Thursday.

Contact Don E. Woods at 856-451-1000, ext. 418 or

Korean Dog Meat – Former Pets 1

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One of the great lies of the Korean dog meat industry is that only special kinds of dogs are bred and slaughtered for dog meat. The reality is that any kind of dog can end up as dog meat. So abandoned pets quite often end up as dog meat.

Besides, no one can tell what kind of dog they are eating. The open secret of pet dog meat was dramatically exposed on Korean TV in 2010 and shocked many viewers. In 2011, a TV crew went back to see if anything had changed. This video is part of that investigation. Despite denials from dog meat sellers, the investigation shows that the former pet slaughter industry is thriving and pet dog meat is basically sold everywhere.

There are a growing number of Koreans who are passionately fighting the centuries-old practice of eating dog on the peninsula. Though a relatively small percentage of the Korean population eats dog meat, numbers suggest that a majority believe it is the right of others to do so. Exact statistics are hard to come by in the unregulated industry, but Korean animal rights groups put the number of dogs slaughtered annually for meat and health tonics at over 2.5 million. Food writer, Frankie Herrington, examines the past, the present and the future of this vestige of East Asian culture.

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