Smiling boy and his donkey in Africa

Please help us fight the donkey skins trade

Your donation can help us stop the donkey skins trade

Increasing demand for the ingredient ‘ejiao’ is driving a brutal donkey skins trade across Africa.

SPANA has already made important steps towards halting this trade, which you can read about here. But despite these successes, work still needs to be done, and fast.

Poachers are swarming Africa and cutting donkey populations by as much as 38% in just two years.

Stolen donkeys are forced into the back of trucks and taken to an abattoir where they are left to starve. If the abattoir cannot legally be shut down, the donkeys are brutally killed and skinned.

With your support, we can we can prevent the precious donkeys that remain from meeting the same devastating fate.

How you can help

Mama Ne’ema, a pastoralist from Tanzania, had five of her six donkeys stolen. Her remaining donkey, Naibor now has to make the 16km round-trip to collect water once a day instead of once a week.

With your support, we can train owners to become ‘Donkey Champions’, who act as the first line of defence against disease, injury and donkey theft in their community.

Champions are trained in donkey care and management, and are shown how to build corral enclosures to keep their donkeys safe overnight. They are provided with first aid kits to treat common donkey wounds, and are taught how to make humane harnesses to prevent future injury.

Without these crucial measures, the donkeys will remain defenceless.

Please can you support this special appeal, and safeguard the futures of these animals and their communities?

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Camels and donkey in Kenya

Support the Turkana drought appeal

Please donate and help SPANA to support hundreds of working animals suffering in a terrible drought affecting the Turkana region of Northern Kenya.

Grey donkey in a donkey abattoir

Help stop their suffering

Millions of helpless donkeys are at risk of being captured and slaughtered for their skins. Your donation can help us to protect these hardworking animals.

White horse suffering with EZL standing in garden

Please help horses suffering from EZL

In Ethiopia, over 1 in 3 working horses like Shasho are under threat from the devastating disease EZL. Please help us protect these working animals.

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