SUPPORT THE EJIAO ACT, H.R.5203
Millions of donkeys are being brutally slaughtered each year for the sole purpose of creating a Chinese medicine known as ejiao. Ejiao is a gelatin created from the skins of donkeys which is used in a variety of health remedies and cosmetic products. Although there is no science-backed support on its efficacy, the ejiao worldwide market is estimated to be worth over $25 billion. In addition to decimating the global population of donkeys to near extinction level, the ejiao trade is devastating communities and families in developing countries that rely on donkeys as work partners. Donkeys are regularly stolen and killed illegally solely for their skins.
The United States is the third largest importer of ejiao products in the world, valued at $12,000,000 in annual sales. Despite it being an unethical commodity, sites such as Amazon continue to allow the sale of donkey skin products on their platforms.
If enacted into federal law the Ejiao Act, H.R.5203 would ban the import or export of ejiao products in the United States, effectively shutting down the sales pipeline into the USA. Brick and mortar shops as well as online retailers would be prohibited to sell any ejiao items made from donkey skins.
HELP PASS THE EJIAO ACT!
Contact your U.S. Representative and urge them to support the Ejiao Act, H.R.5203, by cosponsoring the bill. Call the Capitol Switchboard to be transferred directly to their offices: (202) 224-3121
SUGGESTED SCRIPT FOR CONTACTING YOUR LEGISLATORS
As a constituent, I'm calling to request that (your legislator's name) cosponsor the Ejiao Act, H.R.5203, which would prohibit the United States from importing or transporting ejiao products that are made from donkey skins. If enacted into law, the Ejiao Act would effectively ban the sale of this unethical commodity in the USA.
Millions of donkeys around the world, including American donkeys and burros, are being brutally slaughtered to create ejiao gelatin, which is derived from boiling their skins. This traditional Chinese ingredient, used in health and beauty products, has no proven medicinal results. Behind China and Hong Kong, the U.S. is the third largest importer of ejiao products in the world—and it's driving the global population of donkeys to near extinction level.
American retailers, including eBay, Walmart owned Jet.com, VitaminLife and HerbalShop, have already banned the sales of ejiao. The time has come to put a comprehensive prohibition on the ejiao trade in the USA.
I urge (your legislator's name) to cosponsor and support the Ejiao Act, H.R.5203, without delay.