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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 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2018 Mitzy Mitchell
Aug 17, 2018 Wendy Hynes Please stop torturing these poor donkeys.
Aug 17, 2018 Karen Levering
Aug 17, 2018 Sandra Glavey
Aug 17, 2018 JOAnn Lipsitz Stop leave the donkeys alone torturing an innocent living being is Wrong
Aug 16, 2018 Patricia Diaz this is so cruel and needs to be STOPPED 😡
Aug 16, 2018 Natasha Judge
Aug 16, 2018 Ruth Lee
Aug 16, 2018 Mary Godfrey The ppl in china has no compassion for there animals. The more the ppl in other country's see it. The more ppl say. I will not visit China as long as this cruelty is going on. It's going to hurt China monetary.
Aug 16, 2018 Kris Kras
Aug 16, 2018 Colleen Hawley
Aug 16, 2018 Stephanie Black McDonald
Aug 16, 2018 Adelina Alvarado
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Amy Spackman
Aug 16, 2018 Ingrid Higueros Stop killing any animal,for food,for hunting,stop receiving money from the rich to hunt,and also for experiments stop,stoppp..
Aug 16, 2018 Lynn Korbel
Aug 16, 2018 Dennys Recalde
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Lena Ewing
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Michelle DeLeon I'm sure they can find something else
Aug 16, 2018 Anna Safarik
Aug 16, 2018 Trisha Corradini
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Patti Ann Thorson
Aug 16, 2018 mimi greenwood
Aug 16, 2018 Tifphanie Ratliff
Aug 16, 2018 Kelly Smigielski
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Jill McCormack Stop the slaughter of innocent donkeys !
Aug 16, 2018 Jan Jungwirth
Aug 16, 2018 Emma Friedman
Aug 16, 2018 Barbara Sharp
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Jennifer Brown
Aug 16, 2018 Robin Hayes It is horrible and atrocious to skin and!and alive.These people should be prosecuted!
Aug 16, 2018 Ursula Babicz
Aug 16, 2018 Teresa Richards
Aug 16, 2018 Candy Unger
Aug 16, 2018 Barbara Winslow This cruelty must stop!
Aug 16, 2018 Lindy Barone
Aug 16, 2018 Susan Yoho
Aug 16, 2018 Georgiann Ward
Aug 16, 2018 Catherine Kochtjus This should not be happening. They should stop this.
Aug 16, 2018 Francine Dellinger
Aug 16, 2018 Susan Remington
Aug 16, 2018 mary ellen francis

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