“Ejiao” (pronounced “eh-gee-yow”) is a gelatine made from boiling donkey hides. Gelatine used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat everything from ageing to lack of libido in women.

China’s increasing interest in importing donkeys from Australia. Donkeys are highly valued in China for their medicinal properties, as their hides are used to make a traditional medicine called ejiao. The demand for ejiao has been increasing in recent years, leading to a shortage of donkeys in China. As a result, China has been looking to other countries, including Australia, to meet its demand for donkeys.

Australian government has recently approved the export of donkeys to China. However, there are concerns about the welfare of the donkeys during transport and the impact on Australia’s wild donkey populations. The immense suffering the donkey’s endure, crammed into trucks en route for slaughter without food and water. There is no incentive to provide care during transport as only their hides are considered valuable.

This highlights the complex issues surrounding the trade of donkeys between Australia and China, including animal welfare concerns, environmental impact, and economic benefits. There have been other reports and discussions about China’s growing demand for ejiao and the resulting shortage of donkeys in the country. Some estimates suggest that China’s demand for donkey hides to make ejiao has grown to more than 10 million hides per year, while the global donkey population is estimated to be around 44 million. This has led to concerns about the sustainability of the ejiao industry and the welfare of donkeys used for production.

There have been reports of illegal and unsustainable practices, such as poaching of wild donkeys and overworking of working donkeys, in order to meet the demand for ejiao Australia is one of several countries that have been identified as potential sources of donkeys to meet China’s demand for ejiao. Other countries include Mexico, South Africa, and Egypt. However, there are concerns about the impact of donkey exports on local communities and the environment, as well as the welfare of the animals during transport and in their new homes.

In Australia, there has been some opposition to the export of donkeys, particularly from animal welfare groups and conservationists. Some have raised concerns about the welfare of the donkeys during transport and the impact on Australia’s wild donkey populations. However, supporters of the trade argue that it could provide economic benefits for Australian farmers and help to address the global donkey shortage.

Overall, the trade of donkeys for the ejiao industry is a complex and controversial issue, with multiple stakeholders and concerns.

We believe Donkeys, like all animals, have intrinsic value and should not be treated as commodities for human use.


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