Donkeys are disappearing from Andhra Pradesh and it alarmed the rise of donkey slaughtering across the state.
According to reports, there has been a rise in the cases of donkey slaughter in Andhra Pradesh to the rising popularity of donkey meat.
Slaughtering of donkeys is illegal in India and killing of the animal is banned according to the slaughterhouse rules 2001.
Although people who consume donkey meat claim that it increases strength and virility. However, Donkey milk has been quite popular and hailed as a cure for various ailments.
Cases of donkey slaughter have been recorded in Krishna, West Godavari, Guntur and Prakasam districts in the state.
Several illegal gangs have become operational to slaughter donkeys in the state, reports added.
Reports further claimed that a network of these gangs has been instrumental in sourcing the animals, slaughtering them and distributing them to the consumers.
On February 22, the NGO lodged a complaint concerning the illegal trade of donkeys at Panduranga Road in Vemavallivaripeta.
In his statement, Surabathula also said that donkeys’ sale fetches traders more money than meat or milk.