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Australia revealed in top 10 of donkey skin product importers


The new report shows that the ejiao market is expected to maintain a growth rate of 15% annually from 2015 to 2020…

Australian consumers are playing a significant role in the global ejiao market, with the Northern Territory government said to be researching donkey farming with a view to exporting skins to China.  

Australia’s role as the eighth largest importer of donkey-hide gelatin (DHG or ejiao) was revealed in a  new investigative report released today by Humane Society International Australia, which explores the current state of China’s ejiao market, an industry wreaking havoc on global donkey populations. Ejiao products are widely available in Australia.

Donkey skins are boiled and the gelatin extracted to produce ejiao, an increasingly popular traditional Chinese medicine. It is hailed as a miracle elixir in China and is heavily marketed as a cure for everything from anaemia to impotence despite no scientific evidence of any health benefits.  Earlier this year China’s National Health & Family Planning Commission posted on its official Weibo site a blog entry titled ‘Ejiao is not worth buying …‘ stating that ‘ejiao is simply boiled donkey skin’.  This sparked a major social media frenzy. They were later required to retract their statement…(CONTINUED)


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  1. In some ways this is a throw back to the days where thousands upon thousands of bison where killed simple for the hides and the carcases left to rot in the sun. All motivated by greed. Beyond this the enormous cruelty to these beautiful creatures, whom without going into detail are known to be of enormous benefit, filling vital niches in numerous ecosystems throughout the world. Beautiful temperments yet exquisite guardians for flocks, but even more than this such a connection one can have with such an intelligent creature who loves so freely as is the case with equine in general, wild or domestic. My heart many times is overwhelmed with saddness because the of the spiritual blackness in mankind that drives them to such lengths with all of God’s creatures. I can’t ever give up fighting in whatever manner I can for these that are innocent. Education is a big key, but people have to see the cruelty and the darkness as well as what can be or should be with all creatures. I am so thankful that Ginger Kathrens opened the door for me to see the truth in the Pryor Mts, back in 2009, first in the beauty and harmony of the wild, and then, unfortunately one of the BLM’s horrendous roundups. I truly believe it is a battle that will be won, but it is a battle not motivated by anything else but to see them free from mankinds tyranny, and there is not one name above another in this fight because it takes all of us. Compassion and kindness is to be extended to all creatures, and there is a genuine connection or solidarity that can exist between animal and man. Animals are not cyborgs with artificial intelligence, and no feelings. They understand, feel saddness and joy, remember, and read humans very well. Much more they are always speaking. What we have to do as humans is learn to listen.

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