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UK CSO to visit N/Assembly over bill on killing, exporting donkeys

A United Kingdom-based civil society organization, The Donkey Sanctuary, is to visit the National Assembly in support of the bill seeking to prohibit the killing…

A United Kingdom-based civil society organization, The Donkey Sanctuary, is to visit the National Assembly in support of the bill seeking to prohibit the killing and export of donkeys or their derivatives.

The bill, sponsored by a member of the House of Representatives, Garba Datti Muhammad (APC, Kaduna), was introduced on the floor of the House last year and passed second reading on November 13, 2018.

The Donkey Sanctuary said in a letter addressed to Rep Datti that it would visit Nigeria between May 13 and 15 on invitation of the Nigerian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) “in order to support the efforts being made by Rep Garba Muhammad to progress the Bill through the Nigerian Parliament.”

The CSO said its representatives would meet with parliamentarians and “speak in support of the measures being introduced, which would suspend the slaughter of donkeys for the skin trade, and halt the unsustainable off take of Nigeria’s working donkey population.”

It was learnt that the representatives of the CSO are likely to meet with Speaker Yakubu Dogara as well as some senators during the visit in order to get their buy-in.

Datti said because of the aesthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational and scientific value of donkeys to Nigeria and her people, there was need to preserve them for use, especially in rural transportation.

 

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