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Sign this petition to tell the Chinese government to ban the slaughter and export of donkeys for their skins.

In 2016 alone, the world lost an estimated 8 percent of its donkeys. Many were stolen, some were skinned alive, and all were part of a black market trade that fuels the Asian ejiao industry [1].

China saw its own donkey population drop from 11 million in 1990 to around 6 million in 2014 [2]. Now that the demand for donkey meat and ejiao, a medicine believed to improve circulation and ease a number of other health issues, has increased, external sources of donkey products are being considered.

China reduced its tariff on donkey skins in late 2017 from 5 percent to 2 percent, making it even easier, and more lucrative, for ejiao manufacturers to get what they need, and placing the future of donkeys around the world in peril [3].

In response, donkeys around the world are now being kidnapped or stolen, and skinned alive to fuel this industry. In Africa, where donkeys are used for transportation, and religious custom often forbids eating donkey meat, donkey thievery is especially damaging both to health and culture.

"From Tanzania to Peru, South Africa to Pakistan, donkeys across the world are being stolen and skinned in the night, their carcasses found by distraught owners and their skins imported into China," said Alex Mayers, the Donkey Sanctuary's head of programs [4].

Traders can sell a donkey hide for as much as 3,000 yuan (USD $460) today, whereas the same skin would have sold for a fifteenth of that price in 2000 [5].

“For millions of people in some of the world’s poorest communities, donkeys are still the main means of livelihood and sustain families by providing them with an income and independence," Mayers said [4]. "This latest news from China is sadly a backwards step for donkeys and for communities that rely on them."

Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal have banned the export of donkey skin and meat products to China [3]. A growing number of individuals are standing up against those exports, too.

Sign this petition to join us in telling China to stop!

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To the Chinese State Council,

Too many donkeys have been killed for the sake of ancient medicine, and the slaughter must stop today.

Donkeys around the world being stolen, skinned, and sent to China for a few thousand yuan. This black market trade fuels the ejiao industry, which your country has done little to condemn. The 3 percent tariff reduction on donkey skins has only served to increase the number of donkeys condemned to death.

More than 8 percent of the world's donkeys have been killed since 2016, while China's donkey population is dwindling even faster.

If nothing is done to curb the needless slaughter of these animals, we will Inevitably lose the species to extinction.

The ejiao industry is the source of an untold amount of suffering and destruction. Especially in an age when modern medical research can easily produce analogous remedies that work better than gelatinized donkey skins, there is no need to subsidize such cruelty with tax breaks.

I demand you enact stronger considerations for animal welfare in your country today, ban the import of donkey skins, and save this species for the future of the planet.


Petition Signatures

Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Kathleen Johnson
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Tee Niederman China stop all the senseless killing!!!
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Sarah Lafever Sencless killing period
Aug 14, 2018 Bridget Faria
Aug 14, 2018 Kymberly Shadduck
Aug 14, 2018 Carla Smith
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Jodi Bailey
Aug 14, 2018 Casey Grengs
Aug 14, 2018 Catherine Bean Why do you drug companies need to kill ANIMALS in the name of progress. If you need to test your drugs on something then test them on yourself or your own family's.
Aug 14, 2018 Linda Murphy The torture killing if animals is sn evil tradition,we,people world wide have evolved into a more knowledgeable society. Its the evilness of government think that allows the backwater villages or towns to keep these barbaric rituals to keep on .
Aug 14, 2018 Brenda Torres This country is just disgusting the want rhinos horn which is just fingernails they are buying beads made from elephants skin now they are causing extermination of donkeys this is sickning
Aug 14, 2018 Kay Spears
Aug 14, 2018 Ellen Tuton
Aug 14, 2018 Judith Greil
Aug 14, 2018 Kristy Ferguson
Aug 14, 2018 Victoria Weibel
Aug 14, 2018 Chrissy Lessard Animals should be treated better!!! I don't understand how anyone intentionally hurts an animals? I think most people who torture animals are deeply hurt themselves. Hurt people hurt people.
Aug 14, 2018 Bonnie Kolibas
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Pamela Gentilcore This is cruel and must stop.
Aug 14, 2018 Lorraine Rogers
Aug 14, 2018 Pam Tezza
Aug 14, 2018 A Peddicord
Aug 14, 2018 angela conn
Aug 14, 2018 Kathy Black
Aug 14, 2018 Robin Dimaio
Aug 14, 2018 Bernadette Cap
Aug 14, 2018 Melissa Wright
Aug 14, 2018 karen wood
Aug 14, 2018 Debbie Booty
Aug 14, 2018 Patti Schriver This is sickening! These people doing this are evil!!
Aug 14, 2018 Linda Roland
Aug 14, 2018 Charli Heminger
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) what is wrong with you people? animals are blessed souls... do not murder them for your own gain... find another way to produce medicine
Aug 14, 2018 Rachelle Schmidt
Aug 14, 2018 Barbara Zavala
Aug 14, 2018 Nicole Terry
Aug 14, 2018 Pamela Goodall We are really lowering our standards for appreciating life.
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Jennifer Wickliffe
Aug 14, 2018 Heidi Detrie
Aug 14, 2018 Helen Walsh
Aug 14, 2018 Dianne O'Hara
Aug 14, 2018 Sylvia Howell
Aug 14, 2018 Jenny Echeverri

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