Donkey Skin Trade – Bokone Bophirima Province

Communication Services Directorate – Ms Betty Moleko

Please be advised that the TRUE GREEN ALLIANCE (TGA) has no objections to this new project.  If the Chinese want and are prepared to pay for donkey hides then let us start up a BIG business of breeding donkeys for this market.

It is no different to our farmers breeding cattle, sheep and goats for the South African domestic meat market.  When this country is already suffering from great poverty and unemployment (up to 35%, I am told)  it is foolhardy for anyone to try to suppress a donkey skin market that will provide employment, cash to alleviate poverty, and foreign currency for the nation’s economy.

There is no cruelty involved and the business of breeding donkeys for the sale of their skins is sustainable if it is done properly.

The TGA also strongly supports the international marketing of rhino horn and elephant ivory – for exactly the same kind of reasons. We also support the import of maize (when we can’t produce enough ourselves) specifically to satisfy South Africa’s “cultural desires” to eat mieliepap.

I am sure that you can get rid of all the donkey meat – very easily – to the people who breed lions in your province.

With kind regards



(See link to article written by Laura Bergh below this question to her)


Laura Bergh, I ask you the following:-

Please tell me why YOU want to have this potentially lucrative business stopped?

Please have a look at at our Media Information Report.  It will tell you all you need to know about the TGA.  If you require any further information please contact me in person.  I would be very happy to enter into a dialogue with you over this matter (the donkeys) ; and/or to make you familiar with the TGA’s aims and objectives.





Ron Thomson

I am NOT a ‘trophy hunter’ - and never have been. I am not involved in the trophy hunting safari business. I am also not a game rancher. But I have ‘administratively controlled’ professional hunters and safari outfitters in my capacity as a government game warden. I am an 80 year old ex-game warden with 60 years of continuous experience in hands-on wildlife management, and national park management, in Africa (1959 to 2019). In breakdown, I have 24 years experience in the management of national parks in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe - and in the management of the wild animal populations that lived inside those national parks; one year as the Chief Nature Conservation of the Ciskei in South Africa; three years as Director of the Bophuthatswana National Parks Board in South Africa; and I worked for three years as a professional hunter in the South African Great Karoo (taking foreign hunters on quests for plains game trophies). I discovered, however, that professional hunting was not my forte. I worked as an investigative wildlife journalist for 30 years in South Africa. I have written fifteen books and hundreds of magazine articles on the subject of wildlife management and big game hunting in Africa. Five of my books are university-level text books on wildlife management. I am a university-trained ecologist; was a member of the Institute of Biology (London) for 20 years; and was a registered chartered biologist for the European Union for 20 years. I have VAST experience in the “management hunting” of elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and hippos (as part of my official national park work in the control of problem animals); and I pioneered the capture of black rhino in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley (1964 - 1970). My university thesis was entitled: “The Factors Affecting the Survival and Distribution of Black Rhinos in Rhodesia”. Look at my personal website if you want any further details about my experience:

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