Chinese demand for drug Ejiao decimating worldwide donkey populations

A customer shops for ejiao, or donkey-hide gelatin, at a pharmacy in Nantong, China. Photograph: Imaginechina Limited/Alamy Stock.

EJIAO (simplified Chinese: 阿胶; traditional Chinese: 阿膠; pinyin: ē jiāo) is an ingredient in a traditional medicine of China made with donkey-hide gelatin or ass-hide glue obtained from the skin of the donkey (equus asinus) by soaking and stewing it. The drug Ejiao is traditionally thought by the Chinese to nourish the blood and enhance… Continue reading Chinese demand for drug Ejiao decimating worldwide donkey populations

Marshmallows — Are they really made with horses’ hooves?

Yes, I'm Vegan says a horse in this Tuesday's Horse artwork. Photo of horse is a free use image according to internet labeling.

When I saw a parcel had arrived from my former husband who now lives in Ireland I could hardly wait to tear it open. He had sent me a text saying he had posted me some biscuits (cookies) and hoped they would arrive okay — as in not all smashed up and nothing but a… Continue reading Marshmallows — Are they really made with horses’ hooves?