Updated: Aug 29, 2019
Millions of donkeys are at risk because of rapidly growing demand for ‘ejiao’, a product made from donkey skins used in traditional Chinese medicine. A recent report by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation predicted that donkeys in Kenya could be effectively wiped out by 2023.
Donkeys across the globe are being killed for their skins to meet the ever-increasing demand from China. Ejiao or donkey hide glue, is a gelatinous substance made from boiling the hides of donkeys, which is used in traditional Chinese medicines and beauty products. Its manufacturers claim the substance has many health benefits, including reducing wrinkles, curing anaemia, boosting energy, enhancing libido, and shrinking tumours.
But there is little scientific evidence to support these claims. The recent growth in the Chinese middle class has led to a surge in consumer demand for ejiao.
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