Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 30,000 Progress: 17,878
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Sign this petition to tell the Chinese government to ban the slaughter and export of donkeys for their skins.

In 2016 alone, the world lost an estimated 8 percent of its donkeys. Many were stolen, some were skinned alive, and all were part of a black market trade that fuels the Asian ejiao industry [1].

China saw its own donkey population drop from 11 million in 1990 to around 6 million in 2014 [2]. Now that the demand for donkey meat and ejiao, a medicine believed to improve circulation and ease a number of other health issues, has increased, external sources of donkey products are being considered.

China reduced its tariff on donkey skins in late 2017 from 5 percent to 2 percent, making it even easier, and more lucrative, for ejiao manufacturers to get what they need, and placing the future of donkeys around the world in peril [3].

In response, donkeys around the world are now being kidnapped or stolen, and skinned alive to fuel this industry. In Africa, where donkeys are used for transportation, and religious custom often forbids eating donkey meat, donkey thievery is especially damaging both to health and culture.

"From Tanzania to Peru, South Africa to Pakistan, donkeys across the world are being stolen and skinned in the night, their carcasses found by distraught owners and their skins imported into China," said Alex Mayers, the Donkey Sanctuary's head of programs [4].

Traders can sell a donkey hide for as much as 3,000 yuan (USD $460) today, whereas the same skin would have sold for a fifteenth of that price in 2000 [5].

“For millions of people in some of the world’s poorest communities, donkeys are still the main means of livelihood and sustain families by providing them with an income and independence," Mayers said [4]. "This latest news from China is sadly a backwards step for donkeys and for communities that rely on them."

Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal have banned the export of donkey skin and meat products to China [3]. A growing number of individuals are standing up against those exports, too.

Sign this petition to join us in telling China to stop!

Sign Here

To the Chinese State Council,

Too many donkeys have been killed for the sake of ancient medicine, and the slaughter must stop today.

Donkeys around the world being stolen, skinned, and sent to China for a few thousand yuan. This black market trade fuels the ejiao industry, which your country has done little to condemn. The 3 percent tariff reduction on donkey skins has only served to increase the number of donkeys condemned to death.

More than 8 percent of the world's donkeys have been killed since 2016, while China's donkey population is dwindling even faster.

If nothing is done to curb the needless slaughter of these animals, we will Inevitably lose the species to extinction.

The ejiao industry is the source of an untold amount of suffering and destruction. Especially in an age when modern medical research can easily produce analogous remedies that work better than gelatinized donkey skins, there is no need to subsidize such cruelty with tax breaks.

I demand you enact stronger considerations for animal welfare in your country today, ban the import of donkey skins, and save this species for the future of the planet.


Petition Signatures

Jun 24, 2018 Tamara Runge
Jun 24, 2018 Lisa CHan
Jun 24, 2018 Diane Johnson
Jun 24, 2018 Crystal Rios
Jun 24, 2018 Lucinda Fleury
Jun 24, 2018 Faye Reese
Jun 24, 2018 Barbara Gibson
Jun 24, 2018 Robin MacPherson
Jun 24, 2018 Jan Wilbanks
Jun 24, 2018 Donna Dufrene This is just wrong, every animal deserves a happy live without the threat of humans. How about we start doing to these people what they do to animals, they'd think twice before being so cruel
Jun 24, 2018 Connie Thomas
Jun 24, 2018 Lana Surrell
Jun 24, 2018 Jennifer Ferguson
Jun 24, 2018 Katherine Haberman
Jun 24, 2018 Jeanetta Walton This is Sick and Wrong, What a Sin and God is Watching You Crazy Money Hungry People. Don't Travel Anywhere Animals Are Miss Treated. Ban These Countries. Stop It
Jun 24, 2018 Christine Mcarthur
Jun 24, 2018 Wendy Orr
Jun 24, 2018 Lori Ortiz This is so wrong
Jun 24, 2018 Sandi Jones
Jun 24, 2018 Dawn Graves
Jun 23, 2018 Danielle Smith
Jun 23, 2018 Jill Cochran Stop killing donkeys. You are cruel!!
Jun 23, 2018 Madeline Poprawski-clarke
Jun 23, 2018 Christine Walturz
Jun 23, 2018 Jennifer Valdez
Jun 23, 2018 Kimberly Goodman
Jun 23, 2018 Jennifer McClean
Jun 23, 2018 Kris Pierce
Jun 23, 2018 Michelle gabriel
Jun 23, 2018 Laura Paiva
Jun 23, 2018 Colleen Auernig
Jun 23, 2018 Jill Cooper I hate people
Jun 23, 2018 Anna Freeman
Jun 23, 2018 Rebecca Webb
Jun 23, 2018 Kathy Fairbourn Moore
Jun 23, 2018 Tami Davies-Coleman
Jun 23, 2018 Patricia Higgins
Jun 23, 2018 Dana Short Chinas In humane, downright torture practices from. Dogmeat trade. To Donkeys.
Jun 23, 2018 Norma Castillo One of my favorites
Jun 23, 2018 Wendi Thomas
Jun 23, 2018 Hannah Miller
Jun 23, 2018 Judi Jacob
Jun 23, 2018 Brandi Hoenninger
Jun 23, 2018 Lourdes Willems
Jun 23, 2018 Jitka Valkova
Jun 23, 2018 Connie Bennett
Jun 23, 2018 Stephanie Flores
Jun 23, 2018 Jen Lombardi
Jun 23, 2018 Suzanne Vale This is so sad
Jun 23, 2018 Lisa Pipa

back to top

Rainbow Paws to My Heart T-Shirt
Share this page and help fund food & care: