China currently imports tens of thousands of donkeys primarily from African nations in order to slaughter them.
They do this in order to extract gelatin from the donkey hides. Innocent animals are being shipped overseas and butchered in order to produce ejiao, a traditional Chinese medicine with dubious qualities.
Donkeys are extremely sensitive, sentient, animals that suffer horribly at the hands of humans already through overburdening and mistreatment.
Please sign this petition to try to prevent further import of these sweet creatures.
Although some countries — who rely on donkeys for their day-to-day needs — are already beginning to ban the export of donkeys or donkey hides, other countries are stepping in to take their places in the marketing of donkeys and their skins.
That is why this Petition, to the Chinese government to stop importing donkeys or their hides, is so important.
Let’s keep the pressure up on both the Chinese and the countries participating in this hideous business.
A rubbish collector and his donkey in Timbuktu, Mali. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian. See Africa’s Donkey Population Decimated by Chinese Demand.