Although this report came out in May, 2018, we wanted to focus more attention on burro/donkey issues worldwide, and wanted you to have an opportunity to read this.
Source: Humane Society International
A new investigative report released today, World Donkey Day, by Humane Society International Australia explores the current state of China’s donkey-hide gelatin (DHG or ejiao) market, an industry wreaking havoc on global donkey populations with Australia playing a significant role.
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.
The new report shows that the ejiao market is expected to maintain a growth rate of 15% annually from 2015 to 2020 and worryingly the Ministry of Agriculture in China has included donkey as a target industry for the first time in The National Developing Plan of Herbivore Animal Husbandry 2016-2020. British charity The Donkey Sanctuary estimates that the demand coming from China could reach up to 10 million donkeys per year, representing almost a quarter of the entire global donkey population. They point out that 15 countries have already stood against the trade to protect their local donkey populations including Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Pakistan.
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