Donkey skins being laid out in the sun to dry at a slaughterhouse in Kenya. Credit – The Donkey Sanctuary. A new report from The Donkey Sanctuary uncovers for the first time the vast online illegal trading network sending millions of donkeys to their deaths Organised criminals exploit online channels and platforms to facilitate inhumane donkey skin trade alongside illegal wildlife smuggling
4.8 million donkeys annually suffer inhumane treatment and slaughter to meet demand from traditional Chinese remedy industry, devastating the communities that rely on them
Thousands of dealers operate online every day with endangered products like rhino horns trafficked alongside donkey skins
The Donkey Sanctuary is calling for an urgent global response from online trading platforms to ‘Stop the Slaughter. End the Donkey Skin Trade’
The size and scale of the illegal online donkey skin trade has been revealed for the first time, with thousands of skins currently for sale on unregulated B2B websites, as well as well-known social media platforms.
These findings form part of The Global Trade in Donkey Skins: A Ticking Time Bomb report from The Donkey Sanctuary , which has uncovered how organised crime is facilitating the trafficking of donkey skins to satisfy demand for ejiao, a traditional Chinese remedy. It’s estimated that over 4.8 million donkeys are trafficked and slaughtered for their skins each year, which is used in the production of ejiao. The donkeys suffer at every point of this process, from source to slaughter, due to the brutal and inhumane conditions that are a hallmark of this industry. Even the most vulnerable donkeys, including pregnant mares, young foals, and the sick and injured are taken and traded without consideration for their welfare or their pain.
The Donkey Sanctuary’s report cites the findings of a research paper by an interdisciplinary team from Oxford University’s […]
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