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What is Ejiao? A traditional Chinese medicine for which donkeys are ‘beaten to death with hammers’

KAREN NORONHA: ‘In a gruesome video that emerged from China recently, a number of donkeys — some as young as five months old — are seen being killed mercilessly for their skin, which is used in the making of a Chinese medicine, called “ejiao”… The video released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta)… showed farmers swinging a sledgehammer on a donkey’s forehead and then slitting the animal’s throat. One of the donkeys seen in the video appeared malnourished, with his ribs sticking out, while another was frail and sick, and unable to walk. The latter was seen being dumped into the bucket of a tractor and hauled away.

“Donkeys as young as 5 months old have been bashed in the head and left to endure a slow, agonising death, all for an ingredient,” Peta President Ingrid Newkirk said in a recent statement. “Peta is calling on kind people in China and everywhere else to choose only foods and medicines that do not contain donkey gelatin and to encourage their friends and family members to do the same”.’ SOURCE…

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