Donkeys are under threat worldwide

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Wild donkeys up for adoption in Hawaii. (Eugene Tanner/The Humane Society of the United States via AP) Wild donkeys up for adoption in Hawaii. (Eugene Tanner/The Humane Society of the United States via AP)

Originally published by Horse & Man. Go there now »

By Cat Purdy | July 30, 2017

A donkey holocaust is under way around the world. The carnage began in China and now extends to nearly every continent on Earth.

The sought-after ingredient is called donkey hide gelatin, or ejiao (e-gee-ow) in Chinese. Made by boiling the hides of slaughtered donkeys, the resulting gelatin is used in a variety of products – facial creams, powders, and snacks. The largest percentage of these products are sold in China, but many can also be found on Amazon and Ebay.

Like bear bile, donkey hide gelatin has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its use goes back thousands of years. Demand for the product has exploded due to an expanding middle class in China…

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