The demand for donkeys in China is booming, but not for what you might think. Over the last two decades the donkey population in China has plummeted. Due to a rise in income, people no longer depend on donkeys to do their heavy lifting. But China still uses donkeys to produce traditional medicine.
The Guardian notes that „When boiled, donkey skin produces a rubbery, gelatine-like substance, known as ejiao, which is included in many popular Chinese tonics and medicines for its perceived ability to cure coughs, relieve insomnia and revitalise the blood.“
Australia is debating whether or not to help feed this deadly trade by developing a „profitable donkey industry.“ But any profit would be blood money. Right now, we have a chance to stop it Australiaâs donkey trade in its tracks. Activists are trying to encourage the government to take a stand and ban the live export of donkeys altogether.