Earlier this month the 8th May marked ‘World Donkey Day’, but sadly we had little to celebrate. Donkey populations have been plummeting around the world due to the demand for their skins reaching record…
Ejiao is made using the gelatin from donkey hides and is sold as a traditional Chinese medicine. The process is brutal—rural donkeys in Africa and Asia are often bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer, and the communities that relied on them are left without their sole means of survival.
A staggering 1.8 million skins were traded for ejiao in 2017 out of a global donkey population of only 44 million. Examining current trends, it is feared that 4–10 million donkeys may die each year, which would annihilate populations across the world.
Together with our partners in China, HSI is surveying and educating consumers of ejiao about the heinous animal welfare, health and environmental consequences that surround the donkey skin trade.