Victory! Kenya Bans Killing Donkeys for ‘Ejiao’ After Pressure From PETA Asia

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After nearly two years of pressure from PETA Asia and our other international affiliates – including more than 200,000 e-mails from kind people like you – the cabinet secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, Peter Munya, has finally banned donkey slaughterhouses in the country!

At least 1,000 donkeys are slaughtered every day in Kenya to be exported to China, where their skin is boiled down to make ejiao, an ingredient used in medicine, cosmetics, and candy.

Last year, PETA Asia’s investigative footage revealed that frightened donkeys are cruelly beaten by workers at government-sanctioned slaughterhouses, all of which will be shut down by next month.

 

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After nearly two years of pressure from PETA—including more than 200,000 e-mails from kind people like you—the cabinet secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture has finally banned donkey slaughterhouses in the country! ??⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ At least 1,000 donkeys are slaughtered every day in Kenya to be exported to China, where their skin is boiled down to make ejiao, an ingredient used in medicines, cosmetics, and candy. ? ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Last year, PETA’s investigative footage revealed that frightened donkeys are cruelly beaten by workers at government-sanctioned slaughterhouses, all of which will be shut down by next month.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Pakistan and numerous African countries – including Botswana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda – have banned Chinese-funded slaughterhouses or implemented policies to stop the export of donkey skins to China. In addition, eBay and dozens of other companies have agreed to stop selling items containing ejiao. ?

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The investigation also found that donkeys are packed onto trucks and forced to endure gruelling journeys to slaughterhouses from as far away as neighbouring countries. The trip from the border with Ethiopia can take two days, during which the animals aren’t given any water or food, and many collapse and even die. Workers left the bodies of two donkeys who had died during the long journey outside a slaughterhouse and dragged another one – who was injured so badly that she was unable to stand – from the truck, dumped her on the ground, and kicked her.

Pakistan and numerous African countries – including Botswana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda – have banned Chinese-funded slaughterhouses or implemented policies to stop the export of donkey skins to China. In addition, eBay and dozens of other companies have agreed to stop selling items containing ejiao.

The Misery Behind Ejiao
Kenya’s decision to stop fuelling the cruel ejiao trade is great news, but the market for this substance is still rapidly growing. Donkeys are now being imported into China for slaughter from countries in Asia, the Middle East, and South America in order to meet the demand, and some other countries, including Australia, are shamefully considering pursuing a live-export donkey trade. The ejiao industry is also giving rise to a black market for donkeys – many are being taken by rustlers or slaughtered illegally so that people can profit from China’s medicinal market. The demand is so high that other animals, including horses, pigs, and cows, are now meeting the same gruesome fate for the production of fake ejiao.

What You Can Do
The state government of Australia’s Northern Territory allows exports of donkey hides to China – where they’re boiled down for ejiao – and is considering expanding this business by permitting the live export of donkeys.

Please urge Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to prevent this cruelty by banning exports of live donkeys to China immediately.

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