Ever heard of ejiao? It’s a traditional Chinese medicine that supposedly improves circulation. One of its ingredients is gelatine, which is made by boiling down animal skins.
And which gentle animals are abused for their skins? Donkeys.
After being kept in appalling conditions – in pens that are inadequately sheltered from the elements with polluted water and very little food – the donkeys are killed in a brutal way.
One by one they are hit on the forehead with a sledgehammer before their throats are slit.
Many of these terrified donkeys still breathe and move after they’ve been bludgeoned, suffering a slow and agonizing death as their blood drains out of their bodies.
The demand for ejiao is increasing at an alarming rate as it’s now sought out for use in food, drinks, sweets and beauty products.
Other countries in Asia as well as South America, Africa and the Middle East are actually importing donkeys into China.
More countries, such as Australia, are considering joining in on this lucrative business of live export trade.
As fake ejiao is increasing on the black market, other animals are suffering too, including cows, pigs and horses.
What can you do to help? Please sign the petition and share this information with others who may be unaware of this cruel industry and the suffering it involves.
Photo credit: PETA