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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

Feb 21, 2018 Victoria Anderson Its horrible to make tbese poor animals suffer and kilked. Its wrong on every level
Feb 21, 2018 Lynn Katayama
Feb 21, 2018 Sarah Werder
Feb 21, 2018 Lisa Brendel
Feb 21, 2018 Debbie Prochaska
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 Jackie Lasater
Feb 21, 2018 Emily Marquez
Feb 21, 2018 Amber Noelle Disgusting. Any animal abuser is souless and evil.
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 Cindia Witherow
Feb 21, 2018 Maggie McLaughlin
Feb 21, 2018 Patti Miller Please stop ..the treatment of animals is a marker of your Humanity
Feb 21, 2018 Mary Jordan It's such a ridiculous thing , when people can do such a ridiculous thing to animals, it is nothing more than barbaric and abuse !!!!!!!
Feb 21, 2018 M Lopez
Feb 21, 2018 Kumari Karandawala Time to stop this depravity
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is an out dated barbaric ritual that needs to end. We do not. not own animals. They have the right to their life!
Feb 21, 2018 Anne Arnold-Ratliff
Feb 21, 2018 Denise Smith
Feb 21, 2018 Kelly Wicker
Feb 21, 2018 Kristofer Ledwick
Feb 21, 2018 Janice Flatto
Feb 21, 2018 Sally Morgan
Feb 21, 2018 Vicki Sims This is horrible. I will never understand the cruelty.
Feb 21, 2018 Marieann Messina
Feb 21, 2018 Christina Butler
Feb 21, 2018 Karen Cohen It just never stops. Humans being so cruel to animals for an ancient worthless medicine.
Feb 21, 2018 Cindy Valderrama There is plenty of other food out there so why are people so cruel???
Feb 21, 2018 Ann Conney
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 Michelle Speranza
Feb 21, 2018 Dawn Chaney
Feb 21, 2018 Heather Shryock
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 marcia brown stop the insanity!
Feb 21, 2018 Terri Mcmanus
Feb 21, 2018 Janet Kearney
Feb 21, 2018 Danielle Mundell
Feb 21, 2018 Lynne Keithley
Feb 21, 2018 Claudia Chantelois
Feb 21, 2018 Rosie Gyulyan
Feb 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2018 Robby Strozier
Feb 20, 2018 Margaret Randall
Feb 20, 2018 Ingrid Shores
Feb 20, 2018 Bryana Walters
Feb 20, 2018 Marilyn Hanen
Feb 20, 2018 Silvana Ryan
Feb 20, 2018 Jacquie Newman
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