The provincial government has declared a Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa-China Sustainable Donkey Development Program to foster breeding and export of donkeys to China. According to media reports, donkey hides fetch anywhere from 18,000 to 20,000 Pakistani rupee per piece on export to China, which makes it such a lucrative move. The initiative is based on the fact that donkeys can be sustainably developed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where jackasses abound and are otherwise a neglected group of animals. That these close cousins of the mule have value in China for their skin —the gelatin from hide is used for manufacturing high-value medicines — helps. According to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa-CPEC website, the proposed project will help in improving the socio-economic status of donkey rearing communities through improvement of the health and production of local breeds. In 2015, Pakistan had placed a temporary ban on export of donkey hide, fearing extinction of the neddy, as well as possible consumption of its meat.