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Hundreds of protesters yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Abuja over the illegal slaughter and exploitation of donkeys by foreign nationals

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Hundreds of protesters yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Abuja over the illegal slaughter and exploitation of donkeys by foreign nationals, especially Chinese. 

The protest which took place at the Unity Fountain is coming amid proposed legislation in the Senate to regulate the donkey business in Nigeria. 

Stakeholders, including lawmakers, donkey dealers, and government agencies were divided over the proposed legislation during a Senate public hearing. 

While some propose an outright ban on the slaughtering of donkeys over the fear of extinction, others said the regulation of the donkey business is to curb smuggling and that ranching and breeding could address the depletion of the animal population. 

The protesters said the slaughtering of donkeys had continued unabated despite directives by the Federal Government to stop the menace.

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