Amazon: Stop Selling Ejiao!

Ejiao is an ingredient in a traditional medicine of China made with donkey-hide gelatin or ass-hide glue obtained from the skin of the donkey by soaking and stewing it.

The drug Ejiao is traditionally thought by the Chinese to nourish the blood and enhance the immune system and is increasing in popularity. The Guardian newspaper warns the increasing demand for Ejiao could wipe out half of the world’s donkey population in the next five years.

As demand for Ejiao has increased, China’s donkey population - once the world’s largest - has fallen from 11 million to fewer than six million, and by some estimates possibly to as few as three million. Attempts to replenish the herds have proved challenging: Unlike cows or pigs, donkeys do not lend themselves to intensive breeding. Females produce just one foal per year and are prone to spontaneous abortions under stressful conditions.

It is estimated that 4.8m donkey hides a year are needed to satisfy demand for a gelatin-based traditional medicine called ejiao, according to a new report from the Donkey Sanctuary. At the current pace, the global donkey population of 44m would be halved over the next five years, the report warns.

Donkey populations in Brazil have declined by 28% since 2007, by 37% in Botswana and by 53% in Kyrgyzstan; and there are fears the populations in Kenya and Ghana could also be devastated by the skin trade.

Many donkeys are stolen from communities that rely on the animals for their livelihoods, and they are transported on long journeys without access to food or water, with up to 20% dying on route. Broken legs are commonplace, with sightings of severed hooves and lower legs on the ground at offloading sites, and donkeys are often dragged by their ears and tails.

We call upon Amazon to stop selling Ejiao and save the world's donkeys.
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