The Donkey Sanctuary has released a new short film highlighting the impact of the donkey skin trade - the largest single welfare issue the charity has seen.

The film will be used to raise awareness of the skin trade which - in both legal and illegal forms - is being used to feed the burgeoning consumer desire for a type of traditional Chinese medicine called Ejiao.

In the film, Alex Mayers, head of programmes at The Donkey Sanctuary, says: "At every stage in the journey, from the supply countries where the skin is coming from, we're hugely concerned about welfare.

"The donkeys are being sourced from communities who rely on them all the time and when they wake up to find all of their donkeys have gone, that's a huge blow for the people as well as the animals."