Donkeys are being stolen and killed to fuel a Chinese health fad. According to the Associated Press, the heinous crimes are taking place in Africa because there aren’t enough donkeys in China to keep up with the demand for donkey-hide gelatin, known as ejiao, which supposedly provides health benefits.
What is donkey-hide gelatin supposed to help with?
As reported by Wikipedia, ejiao, or donkey-hide gelatin, is supposed to be useful in the treatment of coughs, bleeding, dizziness and insomnia. Sometimes the gelatin is used in snacks as well.
The deadly and expensive toll
Activists claim that the demand for donkey-hide gelatin threatens the world’s donkey population. Donkeys in Africa are being stolen from people who use the animals for farming and other work. Demand for donkey slaughterhouses is not being met by donkeys which are legally obtained, so a thriving black market for them has developed. In some areas, the population of donkeys is dramatically declining.
Production of donkey gelatin
According to the Associated Press, Dong’e Ejiao Corporation Limited is the largest producer of donkey hide gelatin – processing approximately 1 million skins each year. A staggering number of donkeys are slaughtered for ejiao – according to the Donkey Sanctuary 2 million of the animals are slaughtered for their skins each year.
Even farmers who don’t want to sell their donkeys are tempted by the inflated price – one man told the Associated Press, “When you have a car and you get the first buyer saying ‘I will give you $3,000 for it and the second buyer says I will give you $6,000,’ what would you do?” Tawanda said. “I will definitely sell. All of us want money.”
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