Western medicine does not recognize any benefits from ejiao. Donkeys are becoming more valuable – for their skin. Some donkeys are even being stolen and slaughtered.

donkeys killed for their skin
Image Credit: MAWO Tanzania

The largest exporter of donkey skin is Africa, but many countries in Asia and South America also export them.

donkeys killed for their skin
Image Credit: The Donkey Sanctuary

The donkeys are gathered into what are called donkey markets – they have no shelter, food, or water.

donkeys killed for their skin
Image Credit: The Donkey Sanctuary
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