Millions of donkeys are being brutally slaughtered each year for the sole purpose of creating a Chinese medicine known as ejiao. Demand for ejiao has spiked so dramatically during the past decade that China now imports donkey skins from around the world, including North America. Unfortunately, the U.S. government continues to allow American equines to be live-exported across our borders to both Canada and Mexico for butchering and commodification, including selling off the skins of our donkeys and wild burros.
WHAT IS EJIAO?
The skins of donkeys have been used as a traditional Chinese medicine called "ejiao" for thousands of years. Ejiao (eh-gee-yow) is a hard gel that's used in food and drinks, or in beauty products such as face creams. Although there is no science-backed support on its efficacy, it's believed to improve a variety of conditions such as bleeding, dizziness, insomnia and dry cough.
With the recent surge in popularity, the ejiao worldwide market is estimated to be worth over $25 billion. With no alternative formulations being offered by manufacturers, it's consumer demand and profiteering that's fueling the massacre of donkeys around the globe.
HELP PROTECT AMERICAN DONKEYS AND BURROS
Every year thousands of donkeys and burros from the United States are live-exported across international borders for the sole purpose of being butchered for their meat and hides.
If passed into federal law, the Save America's Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act would make it illegal to slaughter any member of the equidae family on U.S. soil or abroad.
Help protect American donkeys and wild burros from the gruesome slaughter pipeline by reaching out to your federal lawmakers.