Petition China to stop importing donkeys to use their hides for medicine

Andrew Gregor of Lafayette, California started a Change.org Petition

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.

Join Andrew by signing his Change.org Petition now.

IMPORTANT PETITION

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.

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A rubbish collector and his donkey in Timbuktu, Mali. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian. See Africa’s Donkey Population Decimated by Chinese Demand.

Bethlehem’s police horses to get new home

Nicole Radzievich reporting for The Morning Call writes:

Bethlehem’s [Pennsylvania] four police horses will be moving into some new digs come fall.

Friends of the Mounted Police, a nonprofit that raises money for the unit, has signed a lease for 10 acres of land next to the Holy Saviour Cemetery on Linden Street.

Allentown Diocese, the landowner, does not immediately need the property, which is large enough to accommodate a $365,000 barn and provide enough space for Grey, Asa, Pharaoh and George to graze. The land is buffered by land that is farmed.

Tom Tenges, president of Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Unit, said he expects to be applying for the barn permits soon and having the horses hoof it to their new home, possibly, by September.

“It is more than twice the acreage of any of the other options we looked at. The topography works perfectly for the design of our barn and the grazing fields,” Tenges said. “We look forward to construction to begin as soon as we can secure the required permits.”

The city resurrected the mounted unit in 2009 after a nearly 68-year hiatus. Since then, the unit has expanded thanks to donations by Lehigh University, which adopted Asa, and Moravian College, which adopted Grey. Tenges’ group takes care of the rest of the expenses except for police salaries, which the city pays.

Police officials describe the horses as 1,800-pound public relations machines, making officers more approachable and fostering community policing efforts.

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Detroit-based company to continue funding Detroit police horses

The unit has a long history of police work dating all the way back to 1893.

• Click on Detroit reports:

The Detroit Police Department’s mounted unit is one of the oldest in the country, and it will be around for at least the next three years thanks to a funding commitment that was announced Tuesday.

Police Chief James Craig said Detroit-based global IT staffing company, Strategic Staffing Solutions, will continue to sponsor the police horses.

The unit has a long history of police work that dates back to 1893. The unit was at its peak in the 1970s when it was five barns, 80 officers, and more than 60 horses.

It took a downfall in 2005 when Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick shut down the patrol due to budget cuts. It wasn’t until 2009 that the unit reopened as a privately supported organization through the safety foundation.

• The Detroit News, also reporting on the sponsorship renewal adds:

In March, the mounted unit announced on social media it was adding another horse, for a total of six horses and six officers and two sergeants. According to its Facebook page, horses are donated or on contractual loan.

At its peak in the 1970s, the unit had five barns, 80 officers and more than 60 horses.

The unit is stationed in Palmer Park and has taken over the former Parks and Recreation facility.

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On July 24, 1951, the city of Detroit celebrated its 250th anniversary. To honor the occasion, a number of special events were held. This photo, shot by Howard McGraw of the Detroit News, depicts the Detroit police on horseback with the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) standing in front, likely part of a parade. Both groups stand in front of the old Statler hotel (since demolished) located on Washington Blvd, near Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit. Photo Credit: Shorpy.com.

Horses around the World: Kashmir

Featured Image: A Kashmiri man on a horse rides past walls of snow on the Zojila Pass, about 68 miles north of Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Saturday. The Srinagar-Leh national highway connecting Ladakh to the Kashmir Valley was re-opened to traffic Saturday after remaining closed for nearly six months. Dar Yasin/AP

Horses suffer at the hands of the unjust and morally corrupt in America no doubt, but horses endure even harsher conditions, particularly as pack and work animals, around the world. The horse pictured above is probably used not only for work but also for transport. —Ed.