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  • Donkey abattoir still in business despite ban

    Despite a ban from the Bishoftu City Administration, Shandong Dong, the first donkey slaughterhouse in Ethiopia, is carrying on with the business until the stock of donkeys it has already purchased have been slaughtered. Their stock should be complete sometime in the next week.

    In a letter issued on April 16, 2017, the administration banned the Chinese company from carrying on with its operations, saying that it was offensive to the people who are living around the plant. The ban comes three weeks after public outrage exploded on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

    “We cannot compromise when the community is demanding its closure,” said Dereje Jira, head of Bishoftu City Administration Mayor’s Office. “One of the important points in our deep reform is avoiding negligence of the people’s demands.”

    The shutdown, however, is not stopping Shandong Dong or donkey wholesalers, whose businesses have also suffered.

    We cannot cease immediately,” said Lio Zhaohua, country director of Shandong. “We are supposed to complete at least what we have in stock.”
    “This is a joke,” said Lio. “Any investment should get notice before a shutdown.

    Shandong first come to Ethiopia five years ago secured a license from the Ethiopian Investment Commission. Its original plan was to buy donkey skins from Ethiopian market.

    The Commission, however, suggested the company open its slaughterhouse instead, saying that they would not find anyone suppliers for donkey skin. With an initial capital of 62.6 million Birr, Shandong started to build a donkey abattoir.

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  • Tewodros apologizes for comments on Teddy Afro

    We could say that there was no one like Journalist Tewodros Tsegaye, who have been a source of infinite critics, even insults on the social media after he forwarded an opinion about Teddy Afro’s new “Ethiopia” single and its album poster, which posted on social media.

    Facebookers were seriously condemned following the comments of the journalist and posted that: “comments on Teddy Afro album forwarded on Tewodros show were not totally expert wise views, it lacks professionalism”.

    Tewodros hosted varieties of critics and insults from facebookers and pages. He formally replied to a bulky of comments. “We are in favor of promoting and protecting the good images of Ethiopia”. “Therefore, we have forwarded our opinion towards the singer in that sense, not in any other negative implications,” he added.

    The “Reyot Show” Producer and Presenter, Tewodros also stressed on the “importance of having a multitude of ideas and opinions and the supremacy of logical ideas”.
    He opined: “We were trying to present a positive and constructive critics to create musicians and other personalities with a better cabability in our country”.

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  • Bahrain agency offers “Ethiopian maid” as a prize

    A recruitment agency in Bahrain sparked outrage by offering an “Ethiopian maid” as a prize.

    The Bahraini recruitment agency ran the advertisement on the social networking site, Instagram, according to reports on multiple Arabic news outlets. An “Ethiopian maid” is the prize for the winner of the contest to be held in the Ramadan, the fasting season of Muslims, said the advertisement.

    The announcement provoked condemnation among some Bahraini Twitter users, according to Bahraini media reports. 

    Source: HornAffairs.com 

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  • Ethiopian housekeeper in 'murder escape' debunks 'fake' suicide story

    An Ethiopian housekeeper who was filmed begging for help as she hung from the seventh floor of an apartment complex while her Kuwaiti employer stood-by and filmed her, has spoken out about her ordeal and debunked media claims that she had tried to kill herself.

    The domestic worker spoke to Ethiopian media for the first time since a video went viral showing her cling to a window ledge before losing her grip and dropping seven floors, escaping without major injury.

    "I am fine, thank God, I am fine," she said in a video as she lay in a hospital bed after the fall, suffering from a broken arm and bleeding from her ear and nose.

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  • Donkey slaughter house opens in Bishoftu

    Ethiopia is to export donkey's meat, following the start of operations at a slaughterhouse in Bishoftu (Debrezeit) town, 48Km east of Addis Abeba. Shandong Dong, a donkey slaughterhouse, has just opened after 80 million Birr, according to media reports.

    The company will export the meat to Vietnam and the skins of the donkeys to China, which will be used to manufacture medicines.
    The factory was torched down by protesters in Bishoftu/Debre Zeit town a few months ago.

    Another donkey abattoir is being constructed by Chinese investors in Assela, Arsi, Oromo region of Ethiopia, the newspaper added.
    China has turned its face to Africa for its donkey demand, which is attributed to the increased demand of donkey’s in China, especially for its skin, according to media reports.

    In Niger, some 80,000 donkeys have been exported to China in 2016, compared with 27,000 in 2015. In Burkina Faso, donkey traders sold 18,000 animals to international buyers in the first quarter of 2016, up from just 1,000 for the same period last year.

    In Kenya, a donkey abattoir opened in April last year in Naivasha to cater for the burgeoning Chinese market.

    But this thriving export market is not without considerable drawbacks for local people. In Niger, the price of donkeys has risen from 34 to 147 USD, a huge rise for farmers and merchants who need to buy donkeys to maintain their livelihoods. Officials are also worried that the demand for exports will decimate local donkey populations. In response, the government has banned donkey exports.

    Burkina Faso implemented similar regulations last year. In Ouagadougou, the situation was reportedly discussed twice in cabinet meetings before ban on donkey’s meat was announced.

    In South Africa, meanwhile, the surge in demand has led to a rise in cruelty towards, and theft of, donkeys. In a statement released this month the National Council of Societies for the Protection of Animals (NSPCA) said it was “horrified to confirm that donkeys are the latest victims of the trade in animal parts ‘for medicinal purposes’ to the far east. Donkeys are being rounded up, stolen, then transported and brutally slaughtered for their skins.”

     

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