Guardian: World's donkeys being 'decimated' by demand for Chinese medicine

22 November, 2019

Extracts below. Full text here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/21/worlds-donkeys-being-decim...

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Half the world’s donkey population could be wiped out in the next five years, as millions are slaughtered for their hides to meet rising demand for a traditional Chinese medicine.

It is estimated that 4.8m donkey hides a year are needed to satisfy demand for a gelatin-based traditional medicine called ejiao, according to a new report from the Donkey Sanctuary. At the current pace, the global donkey population of 44m would be halved over the next five years, the report warns...

The donkey hides are used to make gelatine, a key ingredient of ejiao, which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and is believed to improve blood circulation and treat conditions like anaemia...

The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) in the UK said it strongly condemned the practice and believed it iwas unethical and unnecessary in modern Chinese medicine...

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From a previous article on this subject:

http://directories.lawgazette.co.uk/directories/charity-explorer/ejiao-n...

'China’s official National Health and Family Planning Commission that ejiao is “not worth buying.” The organisation has caused uproar in the country by suggesting the popular health product - which is made from millions of slaughtered donkeys every year - is “just boiled donkey skin”, despite its many health claims.'

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