The Ejiao Act, H.R.5203, introduced in Congress to ban U.S. sales of products made from donkey skins
Addressing the worldwide crisis of the donkey skin trade, U.S. Representative, Don Beyer (D-VA), has introduced the Ejiao Act, H.R.5203. If enacted into federal law, it would prohibit U.S. sales and the transport of the Chinese medicine called "ejiao", which is derived from boiling the skins of donkeys.
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.
The domestic Chinese and international demand for donkey skins is estimated at 8 to 10 million skins per year, but the annual supply in China is less than 1,800,000. As a result, the donkey population in China has collapsed by 76% since 1992. Driven by profit, Chinese production of ejiao has led to the slaughter millions of donkeys across the globe. In addition to driving the global population of donkeys to near extinction level, the demand has devastating effects on families and communities in developing countries who depend on donkeys as work partners.
THE USA IS THE THIRD LARGEST IMPORTER OF EJIAO PRODUCTS
The worldwide sales of ejiao is estimated to be $25 billion annually. The leading importers in the world for ejiao are China and Hong Kong. The third largest importer of ejiao is the United States, with $12,000,000 in annual imports of ejiao each year. 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.