The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has lauded the efforts of the Nigeria Customs Service for intercepting 7,000 smuggled donkey penises at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
PETA stated that “the donkey parts would have been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a supposed enhancement for virility.”
“THANK YOU to the officers of @CustomsNG who intercepted 7,000 smuggled donkey penises at the Lagos airport on their way to Hong Kong for Chinese medicine,” the animal rights group tweeted. “Nigeria must enact the ban on donkey slaughter NOW to shut down this horrifying trade!”
BBC Pidgin reported the incident on Thursday, saying the suspect linked to the consignment managed to elude the authorities.
The intercepted consignment is estimated to be worth about N200 million.
In 2020, the Nigerian government banned the killing of donkeys and trading of donkey skin in the country to avoid extinction.
In January, the government reiterated its position, warning Nigerians to desist from slaughtering, selling, and eating donkeys.