KARACHI – An abroad-bound consignment of donkey hides was confiscated during an operation in a shop in Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block 12 on Wednesday.

The consignment of 592 sacks that contained 4,736 donkey hides had originated from Lahore and was about to be illegally exported abroad from Karachi.

There were about eight hides in one sack, revealed SSP West Faisal Abdul Chachar, adding that one hide is sold for approximately Rs25, 000.

One Chinese national and six others, including a woman, were arrested for involvement.

The government put a ban on the export of donkey hides in 2015 following media reports that the animal is being killed on a mass scale and its meat is being sold in the country, particularly in Punjab, and hides being exported. The animals are reportedly slaughtered or poisoned to get an unblemished skin that fetched approximately Rs25,000.

On October 17, 2015, customs foiled a bid to smuggle 1,200 donkey hides out of the country in Karachi.